Brody Angley Helps Kids Develop Life Lessons Learned From his Father
By Enjoy Magazine
Enjoy the Journey
Story by Aaron Williams
Photos by Folk and Pine
IN A WORLD of Tiger Moms and Helicopter Dads, Jamie Angley was the outlier – the antithesis of a modern sports parent.
Angley raised three children along with wife Angelina, including son, Brody, perhaps the greatest athlete to come out of Redding in generations.
Throughout Brody’s high school career, Jamie Angley would sit high in the Manatowa Gymnasium bleachers watching his son play. When Brody matriculated to Division I Santa Clara University, the father again took a lofty perch at the Leavey Center.
Make no mistake, Jamie was watching as his son excelled on the basketball court and, in high school, on the football field.
But Jamie Angley never bragged, never felt the need to point out the obvious – his son was a special athlete. His observations, critiques and compliments would be saved for a quiet time between father and son.
Brody Angley says the talks touched on technique and strategy, but usually centered more often on life lessons from father to son.
“We were a sports family,” Brody says, “and he used that to teach us life skills. He was good at tying the two together.”
Jamie Angley died in 2007, at the age of 52, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. In the time since his father’s passing, Brody Angley has graduated college, played basketball internationally, gotten married, returned home and become a father himself.
Along the way, Brody says, he lived the family’s motto: “Enjoy the Journey.”
“The message of ‘Enjoy the Journey’ is really to love whatever is thrown at you,” Brody says. “Goals and dreams and ideals are part of that journey.
“Obviously, we all have a finish, but you really have to strive to love the ups and downs along the way.”
And as the father of 1-year-old Jamie, Brody says the wisdom of his son’s namesake takes on more importance as he navigates parenthood along with wife Alicia.
“He’s my standard,” Brody says. “He was the man I always wanted to be.”
As Father’s Day approaches, Brody says, the journey of growing his young family is an extension of lessons learned from his upbringing.
“In losing my father, I get to hold on to him,” he says, “through my son and family.”
With home base now back in Redding, Brody, Alicia and young Jamie have become fixtures at prep and junior college sporting events. After a recent Shasta College game, where Brody’s nephew Taylor Angley-Holman is an assistant coach for the men’s basketball team, the new father watched as Jamie dribbled a ball around midcourt, all the while encouraging his son in Spanish, a language he picked up from his playing days in Mexico.
“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want him to pick it up,” Brody says of passing the sports legacy on to his son. “I remember Dad encouraging me and challenging me and motivating me.”
And for Brody, the desire to teach goes beyond his son. The Redding Recreation employee recently began the Enjoy the Journey Project, designed to pass down lessons from both father
“I felt like I wanted to do something special to share what I’ve learned with our youth,” Brody says.
The ultimate goal, he says, is to target youth development through sports with an international or cultural immersion piece – “to develop something that allows kids to learn the sport and life skills that share my dad’s message and allow me to continue to hold on to it.”
He’s already started training athletes and groups and plans the Brody Angley Basketball Camp from July 8-11 at Shasta College.
“In all my travels, Redding’s always been home,” he says. “I’ve traveled the world and always felt myself gravitating back here.”
As such, he knows the lessons from his father and his own experiences can help some North State boy or girl realize their own journey.
“Life is all about relationships,” Brody says, adding that of all the games he’s played, he cherishes the friendships made more than the final scores. “He taught me that.”
And it’s something he hopes to pass along to not just his son, but others as well. •