Alma Mater: Catawba '74
Office Phone: (704) 637-4359
Nan Whitley has been the softball coach at Catawba College since 1983. During seven seasons of slow pitch softball (1983-89), her teams won 69 percent of their games (178-79). Whitley, with the assistance of her husband, Cecil, won five slow-pitch conference or district championships in the 1980s. In 1990, Catawba and the entire South Atlantic Conference moved to fast-pitch competition.
In fast-pitch competition, the Lady Indians have posted a 499-549-3, including a school-record 41 wins in 2007. In 2012, Catawba advanced to NCAA II regional play for the first time in school history. The Lady Indians have twice advanced to the SAC Tournament Championship game, in 2011 and 2013. Overall, Coach Whitley's record stands at 678-627-3.
Over the years, the Whitleys and their players have developed familylike relationships. The 1987 team stands out more than any other, due to its 39-7 record. The 39 victories were a then school mark for wins in a single season for any sport in the history of Catawba College athletics.
Whitley hails from Ephrata, PA, where she enjoyed an outstanding athletic career at Ephrata Area High School. She came to Catawba and played field hockey and softball. She graduated in 1974 with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education. Whitley served as the Catawba field hockey coach from 1982-2000, posting a 128-163-13 record and a Deep South Association championship in 1988.
Due to her outstanding accomplishments as a two-sport athlete and coach at Catawba, Whitley became the first woman inducted into the school's Sports Hall of Fame on April 3, 1993.
Nan and Cecil reside in Salisbury. They have a daughter Adrian, an assistant with the softball program, and a son, Alex.
Office Phone: (704) 637-4359
Shane Prescott joined the Catawba Softball program as an assistant coach for the 2007 season. Prescott came to Catawba from Pfeiffer University where he was with the Falcon program for six seasons and was head coach the last four years.
A 1995 graduate of Randolph Community College, Prescott earned an associate degree in applied science. He graduated in 1999 from Blue Ridge Healing Arts Academy with a license to practice massage and bodywork therapy.
Prescott resides in Concord with his wife, Jennifer. They have two daughters, Adda and Emme.
Alma Mater: Catawba '98
Adrian Gantt has been an assistant coach with the Catawba College softball program since 2001. She serves as the pitching coach. For four seasons, Gantt was the head coach of the Catawba field hockey team.
A 1998 graduate of Catawba, Gantt earned a bachelor of arts degree in biology. Gantt received a master of science degree in exercise science at Appalachian State in 2000.
Gantt was a two-sport athlete at Catawba, playing four years of field hockey and softball. She was a two-time All-American in field hockey and twice earned All-South Atlantic Conference honors in softball. Gantt received the Lomax Award for Catawba’s top senior female athlete in 1998.
At East Rowan High School, Gantt earned nine letters. She earned all-county and all-conference honors in cross country and helped the softball team to a pair of state tournament appearances.
Gantt and her husband, Jim, reside in Salisbury with their daughter, Blakely. Jim is the Catawba head baseball coach.
Graduate Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Catawba '13
Office Phone: 704-637-4359