May 22, 2018
Whitley Retires After Four Decades of Guiding Softball Program
After 36 years as the head coach of the Catawba College Softball Program, Nan Whitley has announced her retirement at the end of the 2018 season. Whitley also was an Assistant Athletic Director and served as the Senior Women’s Administrator. In addition to coaching softball, Whitley was the Head Field Hockey Coach for one season in 1975 then from 1982-2000.
“Nan’s record and dedication to Catawba College speaks for itself,” said Larry Leckonby, Catawba’s Director of Athletics. “She is a Hall of Fame icon who helped usher in the era of sports for women at Catawba. Nan has been involved in several different facets of the Athletic Department and she will be very hard to replace.”
Catawba played slow-pitch softball when Whitley began coaching in 1983. She led Catawba to three conference championships over seven seasons as the Lady Indians posted a 178-79 record. The 1987 team went 39-7 and claimed a second NAIA District 26 title in a three-year span. Whitley would guide Catawba into the fast-pitch era in 1990.
Catawba posted a winning record of 21-11-1 in just its second season of fast-pitch play and enjoyed one of its best years in 2007, setting a school record with 41 wins. In 2012, Catawba earned its first berth in the NCAA II Regionals.
Whitley finally broke through in 2015 with softball’s first South Atlantic Conference Championship as Catawba won the league tournament and made a second regional appearance. The Lady Indians repeated as SAC Tournament Champions in 2016, going 39-16 and competing in another NCAA II regional. Whitley coached Catawba to 626 wins in fast-pitch competition.
Whitley guided Catawba to 128 wins over 20 years as head coach of the field hockey program. In 1998, Catawba won the Deep South Tournament Championship, posting a 14-1-1 record on the season. In the tournament, Catawba recorded wins over Wake Forest and Appalachian State to earn the title.
As a head coach, Whitley collected 932 wins at Catawba. In 1993, Whitley was inducted into the Catawba College Sports Hall of Fame.
Shane Prescott will serve as interim head coach as Catawba conducts a national search for Whitley’s successor.
Baseball @ Lincoln Memorial 11-6
Tennis (W) vs. JC SMITH 7-0
Baseball @ Lincoln Memorial 4-5
Basketball (W) vs. ANDERSON 71-91
Softball @ North Georgia 0-11
Baseball @ Lincoln Memorial 4-1
Basketball (M) vs. ANDERSON 75-72
Softball vs. Palm Beach Atlantic 7-6
Lacrosse (M) vs. WALSH 15-6
Golf (W) @ Low Country Inv. - Day 1 (Crescent Pointe GC)
Golf (M) in RENDLEMAN INV. - Day 1 (SALISBURY CC)
Tennis (W) vs. Florida Southern 2-5
Tennis (M) vs. Edinboro 4-3
Golf (M) in RENDLEMAN INV. - Day 2 (SALISBURY CC) 5th of 10
Golf (W) @ Low Country Inv. - Day 2 (Crescent Pointe GC) 8th of 12
Tennis (M) vs. Palm Beach Atlantic 0-7
Tennis (W) vs. Palm Beach Atlantic 2-4
Baseball vs. USC AIKEN 9-8
Tennis (M) vs. West Liberty 5-2
Tennis (W) vs. West Liberty 7-0
Lacrosse (M) vs. GROVE CITY 12-8
Baseball @ North Greenville 6-7
Basketball (W) @ Anderson (SAC Tournament - 1st Round) 79-90
Basketball (M) vs. ANDERSON (SAC Tournament - 1st Round) 97-77
Lacrosse (W) vs. FLORIDA SOUTHERN 2-23
Softball @ Francis Marion 2-4
Lacrosse (W) @ Newberry 14-7
Baseball vs. ANDERSON 1-0
Lacrosse (M) @ Newberry 11-8
Basketball (M) vs. Wingate (SAC Tournament Semifinals) 76-74
Baseball vs. ANDERSON 9-8
Baseball vs. ANDERSON 2-0
Basketball (M) vs. Lenoir-Rhyne (SAC Tournament Championship) 71-67
Golf (M) @ Hargett Memorial - Day 1 (Stonebridge CC)
Tennis (M) vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 5-2
Tennis (W) vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 2-5
Golf (M) @ Hargett Memorial - Day 2 (Stonebridge CC) 7th of 9
Tennis (W) vs. COKER 7-0
Softball vs. BELMONT ABBEY 5-3
Tennis (M) vs. COKER 5-2
Baseball vs. INDIANA,PA 5-8
Lacrosse (W) vs. WEST CHESTER 4-20
Softball vs. BELMONT ABBEY 7-5
Baseball vs. INDIANA,PA 11-3
Softball vs. BLOOMSBURG 1-2
Tennis (M) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 3-4
Tennis (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 7-0
Softball vs. BLOOMSBURG 3-4
Track/Field @ Lenoir-Rhyne Inv. (Day 1)
Track/Field @ Charlotte 49er Classic (Day 1)
Track/Field @ Lenoir-Rhyne Inv. (Day 2)
Softball vs. TUSCULUM 3-2
Baseball vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 5-2
Softball vs. TUSCULUM 6-5
Lacrosse (W) vs. COKER 18-8
Lacrosse (M) vs. COKER 12-6
Basketball (M) vs. UNC Pembroke (NCAA Southeast Regional) 80-61
Softball vs. EMMANUEL 3-2
Baseball vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 6-5
Softball vs. EMMANUEL 3-8
Baseball vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 6-0
Basketball (M) @ Queens (NCAA Southeast Region Semifinal) 93-96
Golf (M) @ North Greenville Inv. - Day 1 (Columbia CC)
Lacrosse (W) vs. ROLLINS 5-22
Golf (M) @ North Greenville Inv. - Day 2 (Columbia CC) 1st of 9
Softball @ Queens 4-9
Softball @ Queens 1-2
Baseball @ Lander 9-0
Tennis (W) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 1 p.m.
Tennis (M) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 1 p.m.
Lacrosse (W) vs. WINGATE 4 p.m.
Lacrosse (M) vs. WINGATE 7 p.m.
Track/Field @ High Point VertKlasse Meet
Tennis (W) @ Mars Hill 1 p.m.
Tennis (M) @ Mars Hill 1 p.m.
Baseball @ Coker 2 p.m.
Track/Field @ High Point VertKlasse Meet
Lacrosse (W) vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 11 a.m.
Baseball @ Coker noon
Softball @ Carson-Newman 1 p.m.
Lacrosse (M) vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 1 p.m.
Softball @ Carson-Newman 3 p.m.
Baseball @ Coker 3 p.m.
Golf (M) @ Bearcat Invitational - Day 1 (Greenwood CC)
Golf (W) @ Sunoco/Campbell Oil Inv. - Day 1 (River Landing GC)
Golf (M) @ Bearcat Invitational - Day 2 (Greenwood CC)
Golf (W) @ Sunoco/Campbell Oil Inv. - Day 2 (River Landing GC)
Tennis (W) @ Wingate 2 p.m.
Tennis (M) @ Wingate 2 p.m.
Softball @ Lenoir-Rhyne 3 p.m.
Baseball @ Mount Olive 4 p.m.
Softball @ Lenoir-Rhyne 5 p.m.
Track/Field @ Montreat Inv. (Day 1)
Baseball @ Lenoir-Rhyne 6 p.m.
Track/Field @ Montreat Inv. (Day 2)
Lacrosse (M) @ Mars Hill 1 p.m.
Tennis (M) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 1 p.m.
Softball vs. ANDERSON 1 p.m.
Tennis (W) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 1 p.m.
Baseball @ Lenoir-Rhyne 1 p.m.
Lacrosse (W) @ Mars Hill 3 p.m.
Softball vs. ANDERSON 3 p.m.
Baseball @ Lenoir-Rhyne 4 p.m.
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