By Nick Porter
BUENA VISTA, Va. — Southern Virginia University Director of Athletics Jason Lamb today announced the promotion of Tiffane Pendleton to head coach of the Knights softball program.
Pendleton replaces Kortny Hall as the program's seventh head coach after Hall accepted a coaching position at Southern Utah University earlier this week.
"We are sad to see Coach Hall leave, but thrilled for her and this opportunity to coach at her alma mater," Lamb said. "Kortny, with Tiffane's help, has elevated our softball program in her three years at Southern Virginia."
Pendleton has served as the Knights assistant softball coach for six of the past seven seasons, including the last three years with Hall helping the program increase its win total each year. In 2014—Pendleton's first season under Hall—she helped transition the program to competition in NCAA Division III level and the Capital Athletic Conference.
"Coach Pendleton has been well prepared to for this opportunity," Lamb continued. "She is very qualified to be the head coach, and we are excited to make a seamless transition. She is ready to keep the program going in the right direction."
A native of Fayetteville, N.C., Pendleton was first recruited to Southern Virginia as a student-athlete in 2004. She was a three-year starter for the Knights at centerfield before graduating in 2008 with a degree in philosophy.
"Tiffane was an outstanding outfielder, and a very hard worker," commented Senior Women's Administrator Deidra Dryden, who recruited Pendleton to the softball program as a freshman.
"What I remember about Tiffane is that she was the best teammate you could ask for," Dryden said. "She was talented and humble, and brought unity and cohesion to the team. Those traits are going to help her be a great coach."
As a first-time head coach, Pendleton is excited to continue building the softball program at her alma mater.
"A lot of exciting things are happening at Southern Virginia University and I'm happy to be a part of it," Pendleton said. "I'm grateful for what I have learned and I'm excited to take the team to the next level of competition."
Coach Pendleton and her husband, Chris, the University's Director of Admissions & Marketing, reside in Buena Vista.