Coach Nancy Keenum retired from coaching duties in June 2019 after 31 years of being on the field, in the gym or on the tennis courts at Calhoun Community College (CCC). Dr. Keenum is beginning her 38th year at Calhoun continuing her responsibilities as Athletic Director, overseeing the Wellness Center, and teaching Physical Education classes.
Dr. Keenum graduated from West Morgan High School prior to joining the women’s basketball team at Calhoun in 1975. She was among the first female athletes to receive an athletic scholarship. After graduating from CCC, she transferred 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, a 1979 magna cum laude graduate at the University of Alabama. She earned a Master's Degree at the University of North Alabama in 1980. 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 at Calhoun, teaching activity courses and coaching women’s tennis. Three years later, the tennis program was discontinued and replaced with slowpitch softball. Keenum became the women's basketball coach. In 1995, Coach Keenum replaced Coach Myra King on the softball diamond, inheriting 7 consecutive slow-pitch 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. Calhoun did not participate in athletics from 2001 – 2005.
On May 22, 2005, President Marilyn Beck reinstated the baseball and softball programs.
Keenum returned 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. 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. In 2008, Coach Keenum finished the 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.
Keenum's coaching career spans four decades and two centuries leading 7 teams to the NJCAA National Tournament, 4 State Championships, 3 National Championships, 12 Athletic All-American's, numerous All-Region/All-Division players, and 41 Academic All-Americans in Fastpitch Softball.
Coach Keenum's teams boast a 90% plus graduation rate for players completing their two years of athletic eligibility with the Lady Warhawks athletic program.