Rod Light | June 27, 2018

Bryana Williams knows a thing or two about women’s basketball. Beyond that, she knows how to live life for Jesus Christ. The two come together as she begins to build a winning basketball program at Life Pacific.

Bryana WilliamsWomen’s Basketball Head Coach Bryana Williams has high aspirations for her Lady Warriors. Equipping them to win on the court and in life will be chief among those goals.

“I want my players to build a strong faith in Christ, identify their purpose, know their worth, and reach their goals: personally, academically, athletically, spiritually and professionally. I want them to excel in the classroom and graduate from Life Pacific College-University,” Bryana says.

In June, Bryana became the head coach for women’s basketball following coaching stints in California at Notre Dame Academy, Alta Loma High School, Kaiser High School, Ontario Christian High School, Simpson University (Redding, California) and Cal Poly Pomona (NCAA D-2).

“I believe in teaching young ladies self-worth, to know your value, and to align your purpose with the gifts God has given you,” Bryana says. “When you value yourself, your team, and your academics, then you are free to use your gifts in excellence.”

Coach Bry views coaching as an opportunity to create a culture, and to serve and lead by example. She has observed too often in women’s sports a lack of personal confidence among the athletes and she hopes to be an agent of change for the student athletes she coaches.

“I believe in teaching young ladies self-worth, to know your value, and to align your purpose with the gifts God has given you,” Bryana says. “When you value yourself, your team, and your academics, then you are free to use your gifts in excellence.”

As a player, Bryana knows of what she speaks. She played four years of collegiate basketball from 2006-2010 at California Baptist University, Riverside, Calif. After her collegiate career, she contemplated playing professionally overseas, but opted instead to pursue a career in coaching.

“Seeing my players walk in what they are called to do and be is what excites me,” Coach Bry says. “My hope for each one is that they will come into this program - this family - and feel loved, supported, and encouraged.”

Life Pacific Athletic Director Tim Cook thinks women’s basketball will attract high quality Christian student athletes to the growing Warrior athletic program.

“Coach Bry is someone that will be a positive influence in the LPC community and she will definitely give her all to the student athletes,” Tim says. “I am excited to watch our Women’s Basketball program develop into a team that is respected both on and off of the court.”

Personal growth and Christian discipleship are important ingredients in Warrior athletics and Bryana is ready to take on mentorship of these young women. She says women’s basketball is an avenue to pour into young ladies and teach life skills and to equip them with character development tools that will help them find success in life.

“I plan to do my very best to lead by example, to disciple and serve my players so they will become the best young women they can be,” Coach Bry says.

Bry“Seeing my players walk in what they are called to do and be is what excites me,” Coach Bry says. “My hope for each one is that they will come into this program - this family - and feel loved, supported, and encouraged.”

Bryana is recruiting top quality athletes of character and says she is looking for recruits who are selfless, hardworking, committed, and who are leaders on and off the court.

“I plan to do my very best to lead by example, to disciple and serve my players so they will become the best young women they can be,” Coach Bry says.
 

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