anyone really needed proof, Nancy Winstel provided it with an exclamation
point last season.
What the Northern
Kentucky University women’s basketball head coach did was
guide her team to the NCAA Division II national championship last
season. In doing so, Winstel reinforced what most already knew -
that NKU is one of the nation’s elite programs and its head
coach is possibly the country’s most outstanding mentor.
her 26th season as head coach at NKU, reached the 500-win plateau
as a college coach four years ago. She has also guided NKU to a
pair of NCAA Division II national championships.
NKU claimed the national title by posting a 63-58 win over South
Dakota. Winstel led the Norse to a 28-8 overall record en route
to the NCAA Division II national championship at Kearney, Neb.
team also won the 1999-2000 NCAA Division II national championship,
and her Norse finished with a 32-2 record that season. Winstel earned
the WBCA Division II National Coach of the Year honor in 1999-2000,
and the 32 victories were the most in school history. NKU also won
24 consecutive games en route to the school’s first-ever national
In 25 years
as head coach at NKU, Winstel has seen the Norse compile a 548-184
record, make 18 NCAA Tournament appearances, be nationally ranked
in 17 seasons, win or share nine Great Lakes Valley Conference championships
and advance to the NCAA Division II Final Four in 1987, 1999, 2000,
2003 and 2008.
NKU also has
advanced to the NCAA Division II national championship game three
times during her tenure. In addition, 50 of her players have earned
A six-time GLVC
Coach of the Year selection, she has a 587-225 overall record in
28 seasons as a collegiate coach and is 316-94 (.770) against conference
Two years ago,
Winstel led NKU to a 21-8 record and a berth in the NCAA Division
II Tournament. Winstel also notched her 500th win as the Norse’s
head coach when her team defeated Midway (Ky.), 98-42, on Nov. 21.
ago, Winstel guided NKU to a 27-5 record and the GLVC Tournament
championship. The Norse advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament
and defeated Michigan Tech in the first round. NKU also finished
with a No. 19 national ranking in the Division II poll. For her
efforts, Winstel was named GLVC Coach of the Year.
Six years ago,
Winstel guided NKU to a 26-8 record and the NCAA Division II Elite
Eight for the fourth time in five seasons. The Norse then defeated
Washburn and California (Pa.) to reach the NCAA Division II national
championship game against South Dakota State. NKU dropped a 65-50
decision to South Dakota State in the national title game.
the Norse posted a 25-3 mark and tied with Saint Joseph’s
for the conference championship. The team was ranked as high as
fifth and lost all three of its games in overtime. In addition,
senior guard Julie Wells became the first NKU player ever to earn
GLVC Player of the Year and All-America honors.
team finished 25-5, won the conference and Great Lakes Regional
championships and lost in overtime to eventual national champion
New Haven (Conn.), 77-74, in the national semifinals. Her 1985-86
team shared its first conference title with Bellarmine and earned
a No. 7 national ranking.
is the 31st that the Newport, Ky., native has been involved with
the women’s basketball program at NKU. Winstel played with
the Lady Norse from 1974-77 and was an assistant coach from 1981-83.
from NKU with a degree in physical education and history in 1977,
Winstel attended Indiana University and earned her master’s
degree in physical education with an emphasis on coaching in 1978.
Her first head
coaching position came at Midway (Ky.), where she spent three seasons
and posted a 39-41 record. In her last two seasons, Midway won two
to NKU in 1981 and served as assistant women’s basketball
coach, assistant volleyball coach and head softball coach for two