Dr. Nancy Keenum, Head Coach
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Coach Nancy Keenum completed her 35th year at Calhoun Community College (CCC) in 2018. Her responsibilities at the college include teaching Physical Education courses, overseeing the Wellness Center, serving as Athletic Director, and coaching the softball team.
A graduate of West Morgan High School in the pre-Title IX era, Keenum became a member of the first women’s basketball team at Calhoun to be awarded athletic scholarships. She graduated with academic honors from CCC in 1977 before transferring to the University of Alabama as manager of the volleyball team. Keenum’s commitment to academic success of her players can be traced to her own academic performance, the magna cum laude graduate at the University of Alabama earned a Master’s Degree at the University of North Alabama in 1980. Coach Keenum returned to the classroom 18 years later as a doctoral student. She added the Doctor title in 2003 with an Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) from Nova Southeastern University.
Dr. Keenum’s coaching career began as a graduate assistant volleyball coach at the University of North Alabama. Upon graduation, she was named as the women’s basketball coach and volleyball coach at Judson College. After two years, she returned to North Alabama to teach part-time in the physical education department at Calhoun. On October 1, 1983, she was employed full-time in her “dream job.” Keenum’s Lady Warhawks have established themselves as state contenders in four different sports. Keenum’s initial position was women’s tennis coach, replacing Hall of Fame coach/mentor Mary McCoy. Three years later, the tennis program was discontinued and replaced with slowpitch softball. Keenum moved to the hardwood as the women’s basketball coach. In 1995, Coach Keenum followed another ultra-successful coach/mentor, Myra King by becoming the coach for the slowpitch softball program inheriting 7 consecutive state titles. In 1998, Coach Keenum’s Lady Warhawks began their own string of championships, 3 consecutive ACCC State and NJCAA National titles (1998, 1999, 2000) prior to the NJCAA discontinuing the sport. Unfortunately, discontinued sports program became a reality at Calhoun in 2001 when President Richard Carpenter suspended the entire athletic program.
On May 22, 2005, a new Calhoun administration under the leadership of President Marilyn Beck reinstated the baseball and softball programs. Coach Keenum was called upon by Chancellor Roy Johnson to step up to the plate and return to coaching. This coaching assignment was challenging, she developed a program from scratch, build a foundation for the future without balls, bats, field, or players. Coach Keenum invited her brother, Larry Keenum, a successful NAIA softball coach and NJCAA Baseball All-American/SEC standout to join her in the building process. In the first year of fastpitch softball, the team finished 2nd in the ACCC northern division standings and earned a berth in the ACCC State/Regional Tournament with a team selected from an open tryout in early June. The successful season proved to be a career milestone as her Calhoun record topped the .500 mark. Coach Keenum’s teams continue to be contenders in the ACCC in a variety of ways. For the first time in her Calhoun coaching career, her beloved Lady Warhawks did not qualify for post season play in 2008. Three weeks later, Coach Keenum was notified of a forfeit by an instate opponent due to ineligible player that would have qualified the Lady Warhawk’s for the ACCC conference tournament. As fate would have it, Coach Keenum finished the 2008 season in the dugout with the Calhoun baseball team to fill the vacant baseball coach position and became the first female to coach baseball in the Alabama Community College Conference. In 2018 the Lady Warhawk’s finished 4th in the ACCC tournament defeating Wallace Dothan, ranked #11 nationally in the NJCAA and the #1 seed in the ACCC tournament. Calhoun finished the tournament with a 3-2 loss to # 3 seed Coastal Alabama – South.
Keenum’s coaching career has led to 7 trips to the NJCAA National Tournament, 4 State Championships, 3 National Championships, 12 Athletic All-American’s, 36 Academic All-Americans (Fastpitch Softball only) and numerous All-Region/All-Division players in four decades and two centuries in 4 different sports. The 2017, 2018 teams were recognized by the NJCAA as an All-Academic Team finishing with a 3.45 GPA and 3.46 GPA, respectively.
Coach Keenum’s teams boast a 90% plus graduation rate for players completing their two years of athletic eligibility with the Lady Warhawks. The fast-pitch softball program leads the pack with a 96% graduation rate. In 2018, six players received scholarship aid to continue their studies at a four-year university which increases the total number of 4-year scholarship recipients for the thirteen year fast-pitch softball era to 43 academic or athletic scholarships.
|2005 – 2018||Calhoun||Fastpitch Softball||435-288-5|
|Overall Calhoun Record||915-481-5|
Gil Loeser, Assistant Coach
Gil Loeser completed his tenth season with the Lady Warhawks in 2018. After a two month retirement from Calhoun Softball, he returned to the diamond to work with the pitchers and remains an invaluable part of the Calhoun Athletic Department. He is a former assistant softball coach at St. Petersburg College and Hillsborough Community College in Central Florida.
Coach Gil holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Houston. He is currently employed as a Senior Software Engineer for The Boeing Company in Huntsville.
Gil’s family has always been involved in softball. His wife, Linda, has served as the lead statistician for her softball family for many years. Their daughter, Dawn, played scholarship softball for St. Petersburg Junior College in Florida and Milligan College in Tennessee. She is now a nurse in Madison, Alabama. Gil and Linda’s son, Ray, attended Mississippi State University on a softball manager scholarship. The teams Coach Gil has assisted with have compiled a 527-288 record including: a NJCAA Jean Williams Award winner, 4 JUCO All-American players and 25 JUCO Academic All-Americans.
Coach Gil’s primary assignment is working with the pitchers but does assist with other phases of the game.
Gil and Linda reside in Madison, Alabama and are the proud grandparents of future softball prodigy’s, Alyvia and Kaelyn.
Whitney Woodard, Assistant Softball Coach
Graduated from Lawrence County High School in 2013 where she was a member of the basketball and softball teams. Whitney received several honors including selection to the All-State team. After graduating high school, she was awarded a scholarship to play softball at Central Alabama Community College. She played shortstop for the Lady Trojans and received ACCC Conference athletic awards. While attending CACC, she earned her Associates Degree of Science in 2017. She was awarded a full scholarship to continue her softball career at Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL and pursued a bachelor’s degree in Religion and Youth Ministry.
As a softball player at Flagler she was selected All-Conference (Peach Belt Conference) both years and in her senior year earned All-Region honors. Academically she was on the Presidential Honor Roll her junior and senior season. She also holds the Flagler school record for stolen bases, the single-season record for doubles and is tied for the all-time batting average record. After graduating from Flagler College she moved back home to pursue a career as a Medical Assistant. Currently, she part-time as a Medical Assistant in a doctor’s office in her hometown of Moulton. Whitney is enrolled as part-time student at Calhoun in hopes of pursuing a future career in Nursing. She is the Daughter of Scotty Woodard and Melissa Dobbins and has 3 brothers and a sister.