Coaching Staff


Cat Tarvin
Assistant Coach, Softball

Cat Tarvin was named assistant coach for the North Carolina Central University softball program in September of 2017.
Tarvin, who was a standout NCAA Division I softball student-athlete, joins the Lady Eagles after coaching at Emory University for one season. She will help will all facets of the NCCU softball program, with an emphasis on pitching.
“I'm excited to add Cat as our pitching coach,” said Johnson. “Her athleticism and work ethic will serve as an example for our young pitching staff.”
Tarvin started her collegiate career playing two seasons at Kennesaw State University before transferring to Presbyterian College.
As a senior for the Blue Hose, Tarvin was named team MVP and a Second Team Big South All-Conference honoree as a utility player. She batted .316 that season with 10 doubles, nine home runs, two doubles, 31 RBI, 34 runs and five stolen bases playing a combination of outfield, pitcher and designated hitter. Tarvin batted .293 with 14 stolen bases as a junior.
Tarvin had success at KSU as well, earning Atlantic Sun All-Freshman Team accolades before earning co-captain distinction as a sophomore. Tarvin batted .293 with 13 RBI as a rookie for the Owls.
In four seasons, Tarvin won 15 games from the pitcher’s circle.
Tarvin graduated from Presbyterian with a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology in 2013.
The Lawrenceville, Georgia, native has additional coaching experience as a pitching coach at Holy Innocents Episcopal School; an instructor/coach for Georgia Elite Gold Softball; a camp instructor at Duke University and University of Tennessee; and a private instructor.


Nate Russell
Volunteer Assistant Coach, Softball







Ali Ramirez
Graduate Assistant Coach, Softball

Ali Ramirez joins the NCCU softball coaching staff as a graduate assistant in 2019. 

Ramirez comes to NCCU after a successful playing career at East Carolina University. The first baseman played in 158 games for the Pirates, including 149 starts, and was a career .250 hitter with a .416 slugging percentage, 65 RBI, 52 runs scored and 34 extra-base hits. 

The native of Pittsburg, California, played prep ball at Heritage High School and was a First Team All-BVAL honoree for three straight years (2011-13). She was named All-East Bay in back-to-back years (2012-13) and hit .509 as a senior while also lettering in basketball before becoming Heritage Athlete of the Year. 

Ramirez graduated from ECU with a bachelors degree in history with a minor in ethnic studies. She is currently working on her master's degree in recreation administration at NCCU.