Senior Women’s Administrator
Office Phone: (704) 637-4359
Nan Whitley enters her 29th season as coach of the women's softball program at Catawba. 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 20 years of fast-pitch competition, the Lady Indians have posted a 434-511-3, including a school-record 41 wins in 2007. Catawba had recorded a then schoolrecord 28 wins in both 2004 and 2006. Overall, Coach Whitley's record stands at 615-589-3.
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 are the most in a single season for any sport in the history of Catawba College athletics, although the volleyball team equaled the mark in 1992.
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.