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Coaching Staff
  • The Capital University softball page is now located here, on Capital's new athletics website.  

  • Nan Payne HeadshotNan Payne


    2002 OAC Coach of the Year
    2002 Region Coach of the Year
    Phone: (614) 236-6487
    Email: npayne@capital.edu



    Since stepping on campus in 1999, Nan Payne has placed the Capital University softball team among the elite programs not only in the Ohio Athletic Conference but the entire region.

    The winningest softball coach in school history, Payne earned OAC and Central Region Coach of the Year honors in 2002. Payne has led the Crusaders to 20 or more wins every season, including a school-record 30 wins, a share of the Ohio Athletic Conference title and a trip to the NCAA Regional semifinals in 2002.

    In 2012, Capital finished fifth in the nation in home runs per game and junior Devan Boggs became the fourth All-American in Crusader softball history after being selected to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III All-American third team. Payne guided the team to a 21-17 overall record and a seventh-place finish in the OAC. Three Crusaders were named to the all-conference teams, including Boggs, who was also picked first team all-region and first team Capital One Academic All-District VII by CoSIDA.

    Capital enjoyed another successful season in 2011, as the Crusaders won 23 games that included a 7-1 record during their trip to Tucson, Arizona. Payne overlooked a young, talented team that had three members receive post season All-OAC selections. Payne also tallied win No.300 at Capital during the 2011 season. This past season marked the 13th straight year under Payne that Capital won at least 20 games.

    Prior to coming to Columbus, Payne spent six seasons as an assistant coach at Buffalo State College in Buffalo, New York. During her time there, the Bengals made five appearances in the NCAA Tournament while posting a 168-79 record. Payne played an active role in all aspects of the program including pre-season training, practice administration and game coaching.

    As a player, Payne was a four-year letterwinner at the University of Michigan and in 1988 received team's Maize and Blue Award for her exceptional play. She graduated in 1989 with a Bachelor's degree in communications and in 1992, earned a Master's degree in sport management.

    Aside from her coaching duties, Payne also assists Capital's sports information department. For the past 16 years, she also has held a summer softball camp in Clayton, Ohio.


     Payne Year-By-Year

    Nan Payne Year by Year
     Year Overall OAC
    1999 24-15 8-9
    2000 27-17 10-6
    2001 24-14-1 11-7
    2002 30-10-1^! 16-2
    2003 27-14 11-7
    2004 23-17 10-8
    2005 28-14 12-6
    2006 21-18-1 8-10
    2007 25-17 13-5
    2008 23-16 10-8
    2009 20-16 8-10
    2010 24-15 9-9
    2011 23-15 8-10
    2012 21-17 6-10
    Total 14 Years 340-218-3 140-107

    ^ - OAC Regular Season Champs
    ! - NCAA Tournament Appearance

  •  Coach Klingle head shotAndrea Klingle 

    Title: Assistant Softball Coach
    Phone: (614) 236-6487
    Email: aklingle@capital.edu 






    Andrea Klingle has been an assistant coach at Capital since 2007. The former Crusader played for Coach Payne during the 2006 and 2007 seasons after transferring from Clark State Community College.

    Klingle's playing career at Capital was highlighted in her senior season when she started 24 games and scored 12 runs. The Crusaders were 25-17 that season and fourth in the OAC standings with a 13-5 record.

    Her career at CU was preceded by a two year stint at Clark State where she was recognized as an All-Region player on CSCC's 2005 squad that advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament.

    Klingle graduated from Capital in 2007 with a degree in psychology.

  • Alan Tharp HeadshotAlan Tharp

    Title: Assistant Softball Coach 

    Phone: (614) 236-6487






    Alan Tharp begins his third year as softball assistant coach in 2013. He has been involved in all aspects of player development, administration and other activities.

    “I’m excited to have Alan in our program because he brings many things to the team. He will bring a lot of details, organization and unity to our coaching staff,” head coach Nan Payne said. “His added experience will offer some new things to our program in terms of preparation and detail. Each member of our staff will be working together on each aspect of the team to ensure the continued success of our program.”

    Currently, Tharp is the head softball coach at Olentangy High School. Prior to Capital, he worked on the Pickerington Central High School staff, coaching the junior high, junior varsity and varsity squads. The Columbus native also has 15 years of experience coaching travel baseball and fast pitch softball and never posted a losing season during that span.

    A recent retiree after working 31 years for the School Employees Retirement System of Ohio, Tharp was the Director of Administrative Services while working in several other capacities during his tenure with the company.

    Prior to youth coaching, Tharp played baseball and coached in competitive softball for over 20 years. He graduated from Columbus South High School and attended Columbus State Community College.

    Tharp currently resides in Pickerington, where he has lived for over 19 years with his wife of 30 years, Dee. The couple has two children, Keith and Kayla.