Brad  Pendergrass

Brad Pendergrass

Director of Football Operations

  • Brad Pendergrass returned to Knoxville in 2010 as UT's director of football operations.
  • Pendergrass' primary role at Tennessee is to oversee the day-to-day administrative operation of the football program in the areas of budgetary management, team travel, pre-season training camp and bowl planning, as well as serving as head coach Butch Jones' liaison to all athletics department support units that assist the football team.
  • In 2012, Pendergrass was named to serve on athletic director Dave Hart's senior administrative staff.
  • Prior to his return to Rocky Top, Pendergrass held the same position for one season at Wisconsin after a five-year stint at Mississippi State. His first full-time position, however, was at Tennessee with his alma mater in football recruiting.
  • Pendergrass made the move to Wisconsin in 2009 as the Badgers' director of football operations and handled the team's administrative operations, budget, travel, and nonconference scheduling as well as other administrative duties under head coach Bret Bielema.
  • At Mississippi State, he spent his first three years as assistant to the head coach for Sylvester Croom. Pendergrass was named coordinator of football operations in 2007, and then was promoted prior to the 2008 season to assistant AD for football operations. In that role, Pendergrass was part of athletics director Greg Byrne's senior staff, while maintaining his responsibilities with the football program.
  • Pendergrass spent 10 seasons with the Vols under head coach Phillip Fulmer -- rising from student manager, to graduate assistant for the coaching staff, to graduate assistant in football operations and later to full-time recruiting assistant.
  • During that 10-year period, the Vols enjoyed 10 consecutive bowl game appearances, highlighted by winning the 1998 national championship and back to back SEC championships in 1997 and 1998.
  • A native of Huntingdon, Pendergrass received his bachelor's degree in business/marketing from UT in 1998. He earned a master's in human performance and sports studies in 2001.


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