On October 26, 2016 Life University President, Dr. Rob Scott, appointed Jayme Pendergast as Director of Athletics. She was promoted from her previous post as Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Support/SWA. Pendergast joined Life University in November 2014, when she took the position of Director of Athletic Compliance and Academic Support.
In her tenure as Director of Athletics at Life University, Pendergast has seen the department grow exponentially with the addition of six new varsity athletics programs, and overall growth of more than 450 student-athletes. Pendergast has also seen a vast increase in both academic and athletic accomplishments both at the conference level and national level. Nearly every sports program of the 19 earned an All-Conference honoree in the 2018-2019 academic year. During her tenure, Life University student-athletes have nearly doubled their conference honors, All-Americans, and conference/national academic achievements.
From a rugby standpoint, the men’s collegiate rugby team has won back-to-back D1A 15s National Championships. The women’s 15s team has finished as the D1 Elite National Runner-Up the past two seasons as well. In addition to the varsity programs, Life University’s Men’s Club program has earned a Division II national championship and has returned to Division I this current academic year.
Prior to arriving in Marietta, Pendergast spent several years at NCAA Division I Elon University in Elon, N.C. She began her time there as an Academic Coordinator for Athletics in 2008 and was promoted to Assistant Director of Academic Support for Athletics in 2011.
Pendergast began her career in college athletics as an undergraduate student at Miami University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science. She also holds a master’s degree in sport psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Pendergast is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), Women Leaders in College Sports, and Marietta Business Association.