Athletic Department

Athletic Department: Jim Gantt

Jim Gantt

Year Inducted: 2015
Category: Baseball


Gantt played baseball at Catawba from 1985-89 and earned all-conference honors in 1988.  He has made a huge impact as the Catawba baseball coach, taking the team to a pair of NCAA II College World Series appearances.

As a player, Gantt hit .297 over a 105 game career as a third baseman for the Catawba Indians.  In his all-conference campaign of 1988, he batted .322 and drove in a dozen runs in helping Catawba to its first conference championship in 24 years. 

In 1997, Gantt took over as the head coach with Catawba and has notched 683 wins over 19 seasons.  He has been named the South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year seven times.  In 2012 and 2015 the Indians advanced to the NCAA II World Series and he guided the team to a runner-up finish this past season. 

Gantt has led the Indians to eight conference championships and six league tournament titles during his tenure.  Catawba has advanced to NCAA regional play nine times.  In addition to his success with Catawba, Gantt has led the Rowan County American Legion team to a pair of World Series appearances and was twice named the North Carolina Amateur Coach of the Year.  Earlier this year, he was inducted into the North Carolina American Legion Hall of Fame.

Gantt is married to Adrian Whitley Gantt.  They have a three-year-old daughter, Blakely Kiah Gantt.

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