Jenna Pepe joined the Meredith College athletics department in September 2016 as the assistant track & field coach/head strength & conditioning coach. In this new full-time role, Pepe will serve as the primary coach for the team’s sprinters and jumpers and will also manage the strength training program for all eight of Meredith’s varsity sports.
Midway through the inaugural season of track & field in spring 2016, Pepe stepped in to assist with the sprinters and jumpers as a part-time coach to help the Avenging Angels finish out the season. Each of the athletes under Pepe’s direction showed marked improvement, and the team welcomed her back on a permanent basis this fall.
Pepe began her collegiate track & field career at Western Carolina University and transferred to N.C. State to complete her degree. A season ending injury while a member of the Wolfpack competitive cheerleading team, prevented her from continuing with athletics.
After completing a decorated track & field career at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, North Carolina, including a State Championship in the 100 meter sprint, Pepe returned to her alma mater to coach with the high school program. She volunteered her first season with the Ravens before assuming the role of head varsity sprint coach for two years.
Pepe also worked as a personal trainer at several area businesses, leading one-on-one sessions for individuals from a variety of fitness backgrounds. She applied customized training programs for general fitness clients and also worked individually with athletes competing in a variety of sports.
Jenna earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Sport Management from N.C. State University with a minor in coaching education. She is nationally certified with the American Council for Exercise.