Softball Coaching Staff

Nan Whitley

Head Coach
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 2015, Catawba claimed the SAC Tournament title, its first in fast pitch competition.  The Lady Indians advanced to its second NCAA II regional berth, winning two games before being eliminated by eventual National Champion North Georgia.

In fast-pitch competition, the Lady Indians have posted a 556-587-3, including a school-record 41 wins in 2007. In 2012, Catawba advanced to NCAA II regional play for the first time in school history.  Before claiming the 2015 league tournament title, the Lady Indians had advanced to the final in 2011 and 2013.  Overall, Coach Whitley's record stands at 735-665-3.

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.

Whitley is also an Assistant Athletic Director at Catawba and servers as the Senior Women's Administrator.  Nan and Cecil reside in Salisbury. They have a daughter Adrian, an assistant with the softball program, and a son, Alex.

Softball Coaching Staff

Shane Prescott

Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Randolph CC '95
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.

Softball Coaching Staff

Adrian Gantt

Strength/Pitching Coach
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.

Softball Coaching Staff

Carley Tysinger

Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Catawba '16

VideoVIDEO: Tysinger on Strong Freshman Start (2/26/13)

2014: Named as NFCA Third Team All-American and First Team Daktronics All-Region as a pitcher ... Named as the Capital One Academic All-American ... Earned NCCSIA All-State honors ... Named Second Team All-SAC as a pitcher ... Set NCAA Division II record for strikeouts in a game with 27 in a 16 inning battle to knock off top seeded Lenoir-Rhyne in the South Atlantic Conference tournament ... Recorded 21 starts in 33 appearances to finish the year with an 18-10 record ... finished with a 1.29 ERA including four shutouts and two more combined shutouts ... finished the season with 17 complete games and a save ... Tallied 293 strikeouts on the season in 688 at bats ... opponents batted a mere .177 with Tysinger at the mound managing on 35 earned runs ... at the plate, ranked second on the team with a .291 batting average with 39 hits on 134 attempts ... also ranked second on the team with 18 RBIs and four home runs and 56 total bases ... her three doubles and a triple aided in her ability to cross the plate 21 times herself ... successfully went 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts ...

2013: Named South Atlantic Conference Pitcher and Freshman of the Year ... voted as the Daktronics Southeast Region Pitcher of the Year and a third-team All-American ... earned second team all-region honors from the NFCA ... had a 25-9 record with a 1.21 ERA ... set a school record with 10 shutouts and 324 strikeouts ... reached double digits in strikeouts in 13 games ... threw six one hitters ... came within one out of a perfect game against Barton on Feb. 20 ... led the SAC and ranked ninth in NCAA II in ERA, shutouts and fewest hits allowed ... led SAC and ranked 10th in nation at a school record 9.6 strikeouts per game ... also led SAC in wins and ranked 14th in NCAA II ... equaled school mark with 14 strikeouts in an 11 inning win over Tusculum at SAC Tournament ... hit go-ahead homer in the 11th inning of that win ... hit .250 at the plate with three homers and five doubles ... named a NFCA Scholar Athlete ...

HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year starter at Central Davidson High School ... three-time All-State, all-district and all-conference performer ... named District 5 and Western 2A Pitcher of the Year ... helped Spartans to a State 2A Championship ...

PERSONAL: Born Carley Blake Tysinger on Sept. 29, 1994 in High Point, NC ... daughter of James and Sandra Tysinger ... chemistry major with an outstanding 3.73 GPA.

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