Alma Mater: Catawba '89
Office Phone: (704) 637-4469
Jim Gantt became the head coach of the Catawba College baseball program in the summer of 1996. In 2012, Gantt was named the ABCA Southeast Region Coach of the Year and the North Carolina Amateur Coach of the Year as he guided the team to the NCAA II National Finals where Catawba finished fourth in the nation. In 2015, Catawba returned to the National Finals and finished as the national runner-up, equaling the school record with 47 wins. Under Gantt, Catawba has posted 16 straight 30+ win seasons, including seven 40-win seasons since 2004. Catawba has made nine appearances in NCAA II Regional play. He has a career record of 683-346.
Gantt was honored as South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year for the seventh time in 2014 after guiding Catawba to both the SAC regular season and tournament titles, repeating as Coach of the Year after leading the Indians to the league title in 2013. He was also named the league Coach of the Year in 2011 as the Indians garnered a SAC regular season championship at 41-15 and advanced to the regionals for the fourth consecutive year. In 2008, he earned SAC Coach of the Year as the Indians claimed a SAC Championship. The squad advanced to the NCAA II South Region Championship game and posted a 43-18 mark. He was named the 2006 SAC Coach of the Year after the Tribe went 47-14. Catawba won both the SAC regular season and tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA II South Region Championship game. The Indians were ranked as high as #2 in the nation.
Gantt also earned SAC Coach of the Year honors in 2004 after guiding the Indians to a then school record 42 wins, including its first-ever berth in the NCAA II Regionals. In 2005, Catawba won the SAC title and went 35-19. The 1997 squad, his first as head coach, equaled a then second most win total with 32. Gantt also led the Indians to the 2002 SAC Tournament title and was named SAC Coach of the Year for the first time in 1999.
As an assistant for seven seasons, Gantt was a key part of Catawba’s five straight seasons with at least 27 wins from 1991-95. The Indians won back-to-back South Atlantic Conference championships in 1992-93 and was a perfect 21-0 in league games in 1992 (38-7 overall). He currently serves as the coach of Rowan County’s successful American Legion team, guiding the team to the World Series for the second time in 2009. in 2015, he was inducted into the North Carolina American Legion Hall of Fame. Gantt was named the North Carolina Amateur Coach of the Year in 2002 after guiding Rowan to a 43-2 record and a state championship. As an assistant, he helped the legion team to the 1996 Southeast Regional Championship, advancing to the World Series in Roseburg, Oregon.
Gantt, who graduated from Catawba in May 1989, with a bachelor’s degree in sports management, had an outstanding four-year career as a player for the Indians. As a third baseman, he was an all-conference performer and helped to Catawba to the 1988 Carolinas Conference championship and to the NAIA District 26 Tournament. Gantt was an all-conference player at Newton-Conover (NC) High School before graduating in 1984.
Gantt resides in Salisbury with his wife, Adrian and their daughter Blakley. Adrian is an assistant with the Catawba softball team and previously served as the head field hockey coach at Catawba.
Alma Mater: High Point '02
Office Phone: (704) 637-4250
Michael Lowman has been an assistant with the Catawba College baseball program over two stints. Lowman coached at Catawba from 2005-07 then was an assistant coach at his alma mater, High Point University, before returning to Catawba before the 2009 season. He serves as third base coach for the Indians.
Lowman has been on the staff for seven of the nine NCAA II Regional appearances, including both Southeast Regional Championship teams. The 2015 squad wee runner in NCAA II. Lowman has also been a part of five South Atlantic Conference Championship teams and four SAC Tournament winning squads. The Indians have posted 40-win seasons in four of the last five years.
In 2006, the Indians had a banner year by setting a school and conference record for wins in a season by going 47-14 and winning the regular season and conference tournament championships. Catawba advanced to the regional championship game that season where they lost to the eventual NCAA II National Champion Tampa University. The Indians reached as high as #2 in the national rankings that season and finished the season ranked tenth overall.
In 2009, the Indians went 32-19 and once again qualified for regional play by defeating Tusculum twice on championship Sunday to win the conference tournament and earn the South Atlantic Conference automatic qualifier for the Southeast Regional Championships. In 2010, the Indians finished with an overall record of 40-13 and once again qualified for regional play by winning the conference tournament championship. The 2011 squad went 23-4 in the SAC en route to the league title, finishing at 41-15 and advancing to NCAA regional play.
Prior to coming to Catawba in 2005, Lowman served as a graduate assistant at High Point University. As a player at HPU, Lowman earned All-Conference honors in his junior season.
Lowman served as the Head Coach of the South Rowan American Legion team. In his second season as head coach in 2010, Lowman led his team to a Southern Division Regular Season Championship, the team’s first since it was founded in 1996.
Lowman resides in Salisbury with his wife, Kelly. The have a son, Colin, and a daughter, Carly.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Catawba '99
Alma Mater: Rockford '14
Office Phone: 704-637-4250
Chris Holke joined the Catawba staff in the Fall of 2016 as an Assistant Coach with the Catawba College baseball program. Prior to Catawba, Holke coached two seasons at Rockford University. At Rockford, he worked primarily with catchers and hitters in addition to helping with recruiting efforts.
A native of Barrington, Ill., he began his collegiate playing career at Harper College, where he was a two-time NJCAA N4C All-Conference performer. He hit .373 as a sophomore with 12 doubles and 30 RBIs and was also selected as a member of the NJCAA Region IV All-Regional Team. In his freshman season, Holke pitched as well posting a 4-3 record with a 4.06 ERA in 31 innings and hit for a .355 average. Holke led the Hawks to the NJCAA Division III, Region 4 Championship game in 2010.
In 2012, he spent one season at North Dakota State University, where he was a member of the Bison baseball program; a program that won 40 games at the Division I level, including a victory over fifth ranked University of Arizona who went on to win the 2012 College World Series.
Following a season at NDSU, Holke was primarily a catcher during a two-year playing career at Rockford University. He finished his collegiate playing career at Rockford with a career fielding percentage of .991, a RCS % of .321 and a .321 batting average with a .394 on-base percentage during his senior year. Holke holds the single season record for highest fielding percentage at Rockford.
From 2011-15, Holke was an assistant coach with the Barrington Post 158 American Legion Team. During his time as an assistant coach, Barrington Post has an overall record of 150-67. The team has won the 10th district championship in 2011, 2013 and 2014 along with a 2nd division title and Illinois American Legion State Championship in 2014. This past summer, Holke served as head coach of the Northern Knights of the Chicago Metropolitan Baseball League.
Holke graduated from Rockford University in 2014 with Cum Laude honors and bachelor’s degrees in history and political science. He is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Chi Alpha Sigma. He completed his Master of Arts in Teaching from Rockford in 2015. He resides in Salisbury.
Alma Mater: Catawba '17