Lynn Winters will begin her second full season as the head women’s tennis coach at Capital University after being hired prior to the 2018 spring season. She has reestablished the Crusaders as a contender in the Ohio Athletic Conference and has done so while continuing her coaching career at the high school ranks.
In her first year at the helm of the Crusader women’s tennis program, Winters helped guide the team to the most overall (7) wins it has had since the 2012 season and only the second time since 2007 to have earned that many. Capital advanced to the OAC Tournament in each of the two seasons she has been on staff. In both seasons, Winters saw top draw player Madison Watt earn All-OAC honorable mention laurels, which made her the first Capital women’s tennis player to earn multiple all-conference awards since the turn of the millennium.
Winters has maintained a high level of success as the head varsity and junior varsity girls' tennis coach at nearby Bishop Hartley High School (Columbus, Ohio) over the last 21 years. Numerous student-athletes have earned all-district distinctions under Winters' tutelage. In recent years her teams and players have obtained multiple awards speaking to her leadership, including the Hawks' 2013 John Hawlow Sportsmanship award.
In 2012, Winters coached Rachael Morales all the way to the state tournament where she was crowned the Division II State Singles Champion. Morales earned a spot in the state tournament all four years while at Bishop Hartley and finished third in the singles competition as a freshman in 2009. Overall, Morales accumulated a 108-10 overall record as a Hawk and was ranked No. 99 in the country during her career.
She has coached multiple athletes to first team all-state honors in the 2009 and 2012 seasons, and between those four years placed additional players on the All-CCL (Central Catholic League) First Team.
Winters earned her associate's degree in medical secretarial science from Columbus State Community College (formerly Columbus Technical Institute) in 1977 and played tennis at the club level for 25 years.
Winters is married to her husband of more than 40 years, Mike. She has three children, two of whom are coaches in the Ohio Athletic Conference. She has a daughter, Cassie. Her son youngest son, Andy, is the head men’s basketball coach at Otterbein University, and her oldest son, Matt, serves on the Cardinals’ coaching staff as an assistant.