Deidra Dryden is the senior woman athletics administrator and associate athletic director at Southern Virginia University.
During the 2010-2011 academic year, Dryden served as Southern Virginia’s acting athletic director spearheading the university’s NCAA Division III exploratory application process and leading the athletics program to its highest combined winning percentage (.566). That year she also led her women’s tennis team to a 15-3 record, which marked the best season in the program's six-year history.
Dryden began coaching at Southern Virginia in 1997 when she helped recruit the university’s first women’s basketball, volleyball and soccer teams.
From 1998-1999, Dryden was the head women’s soccer coach leading the team to an impressive 10-2 record in its inaugural season, capped by an NSCAA national championship. That year she was also head women’s basketball coach and guided the first-year team to a fourth-place finish at the NSCAA national tournament.
In the spring of 2000, she became head softball coach in the program’s second year and took the team to a second-place finish at the NSCAA national tournament.
Dryden's intercollegiate athletic career includes playing tennis
at Brigham Young University-Hawaii and playing basketball and
tennis at Columbus State University.
Dryden has a B.S. in math education from Columbus State University and is working to complete a master's degree in mathematics from James Madison University.
Deidra and her husband, Dr. Brent Dryden, reside in Buena Vista with their five children.