The 2018-19 season marks the fifth year the Crusaders have had record-holding All-American Andy Winters on staff with the men’s basketball team. Winters will enter his fourth year as an assistant while having also spent a season as Capital’s interim head coach in 2015.
Prior to joining Capital’s staff, Winters served as an assistant at nearby Ohio Dominican University, where he helped the Panthers to the most conference overall wins since their first season as a member of NCAA Division II in 2010-11. In just one season, ODU improved in multiple statistical categories including field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage, and turnovers per game.
After his first season at Capital (2014-15), Winters helped coach two student-athletes to All-OAC honors (Andrew Bolka, Second Team; AJ Dixon, honorable mention). Capital also saw its turnovers decrease and its defense allow fewer points per game compared to the 2014 campaign.
Winters took over as the interim head coach prior to the 2015-16 season, due to head coach Damon Goodwin's medical leave of absence. Capital showed a four-win improvement from the previous season and of its losses, seven were by two possessions or less. The Crusaders got off to a fast start under Winters’ leadership, winning seven of its first 10 games. Capital advanced to the OAC tournament to keep intact a run of consecutive tournament berths since Goodwin’s hire in 1994. A pair of student-athletes were named Academic All-OAC in 2016, while Mark Minch ‘16 enjoyed All-OAC and All-Region recognition. Across the board, the Crusaders showed improvement in every single major statistical category with the exception of free throw shooting percentage.
Over his five seasons on staff, Capital players have been granted 11 all-conference awards, including one first team selection (Mark Minch, 2016). A total of 12 players have been named Academic All-OAC during his tenure.
The 2019 season turned out to be one for the ages after Capital entered the D3Hoops.com Top 25 poll for the first time in nearly a decade, reached as high as No. 16 in the country, and stayed in the rankings for five straight weeks. The Crusaders went on to earn OAC Co-Champion status and the No. 1 overall seed in that year’s postseason tournament. With Capital’s win over Muskingum in the opening round of the 2019 OAC Tournament, the Crusaders hit the 20-win plateau for the first time since its Sweet 16 run in 2009. The Crusaders went on to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, its first appearance since 2012, and win their opening-round round game over the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, in overtime.
Along the way to the Crusaders’ run toward the NCAA Tournament, Winters helped coach two 1,000-point scorers in Joey Weingartner and Austin Schreck, both hit the mark in the same season as seniors. At season’s end, Caleb Cox and Joey Weingartner earned Second Team All-OAC honors while Austin Schreck collected a trifecta of conference awards. Schreck was named First Team All-OAC, the Dick Reynolds OAC Player of the Year, and was crowned the inaugural winner of the OAC Defensive Player of the Year. A week later, Schreck was named NABC Second Team All-America and represented Capital at the NABC Division III All-Star Game.
Cox and Schreck were also named CoSIDA Academic All-District first teamers and later Academic All-Americans for their academic marks combined with their athletic prowess.
Prior to joining the staff at Ohio Dominican, Winters was an All-American and four-year starter at nearby Ohio Wesleyan University. As a senior, he was tabbed First Team All-America and was named the district and regional Player of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), D3.Hoops.com, and D3 News. By the end of his playing career, Winters had become a three-time all-conference selection, North Coast Athletic Conference All-Decade Team honoree, broke all of OWU’s assist records, and participated in the NABC All-Star Game.
While playing at Ohio Wesleyan, his teams posted back-to-back 20-plus win seasons and in each of those years were participants in the NCAA Division III Tournament. As part of his senior year, Winters and the Battling Bishops hosted the first round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1988. That year, he found himself in the top five nationally for assists (204) and assists per game (7.03), and averaged a team-best 14.1 points per contest.
Off of the court, Winters has worked with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization and is a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches Service organization. He completed his master’s in business administration at Capital in Spring 2018. He received his certification as a strength coach with the National Council of Strength and Fitness (NCSF) and serves as a strength and conditioning coach at Capital in addition to his coaching duties. He also teaches various health and sport science courses as an instructor at CU.
Winters obtained his Bachelor of Education in history from OWU in 2013. He is a Columbus native and is a 2009 graduate of Bishop Watterson High School.