Catawba College's Athletic Programs Undergoing Strategic Planning Review

As part of the strategic planning process underway at Catawba College, officials have initiated an overall review and evaluation of the college’s athletic programs. A 15-member task force, consisting of trustees, coaches, alumni, faculty and members of both the Boards of Visitors and Chiefs Club, held its first meeting in July and will meet again in August and September.According to Senior Vice President Tom Childress, the task force mission will be to examine the current athletic program and its complete operation, including personnel, facilities, budget, scholarship, academic progress, gender equity and level of competitiveness against other institutions. The task force will also serve as a recommending body for the future directions of Catawba athletics regarding conference affiliation, National College Athletic Association (NCAA) divisional status, athletic mascot and other considerations as they arise. Task force members include trustees Darlene Ball of Greensboro and Claude Hampton of Salisbury; alumni Trent Newell of Mooresville and John Hartpence of Salisbury; members of the Board of Visitors Judy Newman and Bob Wilson, both of Salisbury; members of the Chiefs Club Board Eric Slipp of Salisbury and John Lewis of Mooresville; faculty members Dr. Cheryl Peevy and Joyce Caddell; coaches Craig Turnbull and Elizabeth Graham; Catawba Athletic Director Dennis Davidson; Catawba Chief Financial Officer Chuck Williams; and Catawba Vice President and Dean Barbara Hetrick. “A well-thought-out strategic plan for athletics will ultimately help strengthen and improve our athletic program overall. This is a process that the NCAA recommends that all institutions undergo on a regular basis,” said Childress. “Some aspects of our program are more visible than others, but our concern is equity and parity for all of our athletes, whether male or female. ” Childress expects a comprehensive report of the task force’s findings to be made available to Catawba College President Dr. Robert Knott and the College Board of Trustees later this fall. More than a third of Catawba College students participate in one of the college’s 17 NCAA-sanctioned sports teams. Thanks in part to the structure and self-discipline which these teams provide to Catawba’s student athletes, these students consistently perform well academically. According to a NCAA annual report regarding graduation rates for student athletes, Catawba’s student athletes graduate at a slightly higher rate than all other Catawba students do. Over the past five academic years, Catawba has enjoyed a second place finish in the South Atlantic Conference in Athletic Excellence Award Standings three times, in 1998-1999, 2001- 2002, and 2002-2003.

Today's Events

Beach Volleyball @ Small College Championships - Day 1, VideoStats
Beach Volleyball vs. Colorado Mesa (Small College Championships), 0-5 L
Beach Volleyball vs. Tampa (Small College Championships), 0-5 L
Softball COKER, 3:00Stats
Baseball ANDERSON, 4:00VideoStats
Softball COKER, 5:00Stats
Baseball ANDERSON, 7:00VideoStats


«April 2021»
April 1

Tennis (W) @ Newberry 0-7

Soccer (W) @ Coker 1-0

Soccer (M) @ Coker 2-1

April 2

Baseball @ Mars Hill 12-1

Softball NEWBERRY 5-4

Baseball @ Mars Hill 12-6

Softball NEWBERRY 8-7

April 3

Lacrosse (M) @ Mars Hill 16-8

Baseball @ Mars Hill 13-1

Baseball @ Mars Hill 11-0

April 5

Tennis (W) TUSCULUM 2-5

Soccer (W) WINGATE (SAC Tournament - Quarterfinals) 2-1

April 6

Baseball @ Wingate 0-8

Baseball @ Wingate 5-2

April 7

Tennis (W) @ Wingate 0-7

Softball WINGATE 3-4

Softball WINGATE 5-2

Lacrosse (M) COKER 12-13

April 8

Soccer (W) LENOIR-RHYNE (SAC Tournament - Semifinals) 0-1

April 9

Track/Field @ Flames Invitational - Day 1

Soccer (M) SHAW 3-2

Softball @ UVA Wise 10-6

Softball @ UVA Wise 2-3

April 10

Track/Field @ NC A&T Invite

Track/Field @ Flames Invitational - Day 2

Tennis (W) vs. Carson-Newman (Lake Norman Tennis Center) 1-6

April 11

Baseball UVA WISE 11-2

Baseball UVA WISE 16-3

April 12

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Woodlake GC )

Softball @ Carson-Newman 6-1

Baseball UVA WISE 7-1

Softball @ Carson-Newman 4-7

Baseball UVA WISE 24-1

April 13

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Woodlake GC ) 10th of 13

Baseball MOUNT OLIVE 5-3

April 14

Softball @ Queens 11-2


Softball @ Queens 11-1


Lacrosse (W) WINGATE, ccd. 6 p.m.

April 16

Beach Volleyball @ Small College Championships - Day 1 

Beach Volleyball vs. Colorado Mesa (Small College Championships) 0-5

Beach Volleyball vs. Tampa (Small College Championships) 0-5

Softball COKER 3 p.m.

Baseball ANDERSON 4 p.m.

Softball COKER 5 p.m.

Baseball ANDERSON 7 p.m.

April 17

Beach Volleyball @ Small College Championships - Day 2

Baseball ANDERSON 2 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) QUEENS, ccd. 4 p.m.

Baseball ANDERSON 5 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) QUEENS, ccd. 7 p.m.

April 18

Beach Volleyball @ Small College Championships - Day 3

April 19

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Woodlake GC ) 8 a.m.

Baseball v. Belmont Abbey (Atrium Health Ballpark) 6 p.m.

April 20

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Woodlake GC ) 8:30 a.m.

Softball BELMONT ABBEY 1 p.m.

Softball BELMONT ABBEY 3 p.m.

Baseball @ UNC Pembroke 6 p.m.

April 21

Beach Volleyball ST. ANDREWS 5 p.m.

Beach Volleyball ST. ANDREWS 7 p.m.

April 22

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

April 23

Softball @ SAC Tournemant

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

Beach Volleyball Erskine vs. CVCC 2 p.m.

Beach Volleyball CVCC 5 p.m.

April 24

Softball @ SAC Tournament

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships - Day 1 9 a.m.

Beach Volleyball ERSKINE 9:30 a.m.

Beach Volleyball Free Volleyball Clinic (Beach & Indoor) 11:30 a.m.

Beach Volleyball ERSKINE 2:30 p.m.

April 25

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships - Day 2 9:30 a.m.

April 26

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

April 27

Beach Volleyball SANDHILLS CC 4 p.m.

Beach Volleyball SANDHILLS CC 6 p.m.

April 30

Beach Volleyball Lincoln Memorial vs. Tusculum 3 p.m.

Beach Volleyball CARSON-NEWMAN 5:30 p.m.

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