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2017-2018 Student Handbook & University Policies 
2017-2018 Student Handbook & University Policies [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Athletics Department

Life University Athletic Department Mission Statement

The vision and mission of the Life U intercollegiate athletic program, in support of the larger mission of Life University, is to foster a nurturing environment by providing opportunities for academic, social and athletic growth while instilling the confidence to achieve excellence in a community atmosphere.

Core Values:

  • Accountability
  • Communication
  • Diversity
  • Grit
  • Honesty
  • Service

Core Intent:

  • To grow and develop each student-athlete’s skill and ability.
  • To ensure that the student-athletes benefit from their educational programs and earn a Life University degree.
  • To encourage the pursuit of continuous improvement in one’s character, behavior and personal success.
  • To support the NAIA Champions of Character initiative and Live 5 core values of Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Servant Leadership and Sportsmanship.
  • To enhance the visibility and branding of Life U through athletic programs.
  • To support the enrollment of students leading to increased exposure to the institution’s mission.

All students must abide by all the rules and policies outlined in the Life University Student Handbook, which outlines personal and acdemic integrity, the nondiscimination policy, standards of conduct, and student disciplinary procedures. In addition to the University rules and policies, there are additional expectations specific to student-athletes, which are outlined in the Student-Athlete Handbook.

Intercollegiate Sports

Men’s Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Wrestling

Women’s Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cross Country
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Co-ed Sports:

Life U offers scholarship opportunities for qualified student-athletes who want to continue their athletic careers at the next level. New sports will continue to be added as facilities and infrastructure allow. Life U is also committed to adhering to Title IX standards in its athletic opportunities.

Mid-South Conference

In 2014, Life University officially joined the Mid-South Conference (MSC).  The MSC is a conference steeped in tradition and is comprised of like-minded institutions that share the same core values and vision for intercollegiate athletics.


Life University is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), and competes in a variety of emerging sports that are governed by the following nationally recognized organizations: USA Rugby, USA Wrestling, and the United States Bowling Congress.

Club & Intramural Sports

In addition to intercollegiate sports, students can participate in teams at the club and intramural levels. Club sports and Intramurals are under the direction of Student Services.


Life U boasts sporting facilities unheard of in a university of our size. We have two gymnasiums that feature full-court floating floors and the main gym accommodates 2,200 fans. The main gym, also known as “The Eagles’ Nest,” houses the Life University basketball games and wrestling matches. The gym features state-of-the-art lighting and sound equipment and is also the location for Life University’s graduations and assemblies.

Also on campus, Life U has two full-sized, multi-purpose fields. The lower field has recently been turfed and redone to create permanent grandstand seating, media booths, and congregation area. New lighting allows for evening practices and games. This new facility has been dedicated as the Lupo Family Field, in honor of longtime Life University trustee and supporter Dr. Joseph Lupo.

The upper field includes track & field facilities that served as a practice venue during the 1996 Olympics. The field house offers coach’s offices, locker rooms, and athletic training rooms. There is also the Butler Building, which contains strength and conditioning amenities.

Athletic facilities are open to all students for workouts and exercise. Life U also offers three miles of trails that wind through the wooded area of campus and connect two of Marietta’s parks and Life University’s own historic 19th Century Village.

Quick Facts

Mascot: Running Eagles
Colors: Green / Black
Website: LifeRunningEagles.com
Director of Athletics: Jayme Pendergast
Sports Information Director: Jake Hudspeth
Faculty Athletics: R. Greg Ware
Director of Sports Performance: Anthony Connally
Head Athletic Trainer: Chris Markie

Athlete Care

The Life U Athletic Care Department is dedicated to protecting and enhancing the health, safety and welfare of the student-athletes by providing a safe environment and the best possible, and most expedient, health care. This mission is accomplished through six domains of athletic training as established by the National Athletic Training Association. These domains are:

  1. Injury Prevention
  2. Recognition and Evaluation of Injuries
  3. Management and Treatment of Injuries
  4. Injury Rehabilitation
  5. Organization and Administration
  6. Education and Counseling

The Sports Chiropractic area of the Athletic Care Department exists primarily to provie excellent chiropractic care to the student-athletes of Life University. Care may also be provided for members of the Life U community and for outside referrals. Secondary functions include providing practicum opportunities for Master of Sport Health Science - Chiropractic Sport Science students, and the generation of research relevant to Sports Chiropractic.