A veteran with over two decades of coaching experience under his belt, Scott Winsor is now in his 20th year as an assistant coach with the Notre Dame track & field program, working directly with the Irish jumpers. Widely recognized as one of the top jumps coaches in the country, Winsor focuses his efforts on grooming Notre Dame's participants in the high jump, long jump, triple jump and pole vault, as well as the multi-event specialists.
Winsor's record of success is an impressive one. During his tenure, he has helped guide Irish competitors to 14 All-America certificates, 21 BIG EAST championships and 107 all-conference honors. In addition, Winsor's pupils have qualified for the NCAA Championships 20 times, finishing among the top 10 in the country on 11 occasions.
What's more, the Notre Dame record book is covered with marks set by Irish athletes working under Winsor's watchful eye. In fact, 27 school records have been set by athletes he has coached, including 18 of the 19 current record holders in the jumps and multi-events at Notre Dame.
There is no doubt that Winsor's athletes were strong attributes to the Irish's 2007 season. Bringing in six top three finishes at the 2007 BIG EAST Indoor Championship (3 men/3 women) and three at the 2007 BIG EAST Outdoor Championship (1 men/2 women), the Notre Dame jumpers helped bring home the hardware. Along with winning the 2007 BIG EAST men's indoor championship and the 2007 BIG EAST women's outdoor championship, Winsor earned 2007 BIG EAST Men's Indoor Coaching Staff of the Year as well as the 2007 BIG EAST Women's Outdoor Coaching Staff of the Year awards.
The 2006 season proved to be a banner year for Winsor's jumpers, led by Emily Loomis, who earned All-America honors with an eighth-place finish in the high jump at the NCAA Outdoor Championship. Loomis also garnered all-BIG EAST honors in both the indoor and outdoor season, tying teammate Stacey Cowan for the runner-up spot during the league's indoor meet.
The Irish pole vault crew reached new heights in `06, led by Mary Saxer, who made a sizeable dent in the Notre Dame record books in her first season under the Golden Dome. The Lancaster, N.Y., product set an indoor school record with her 4.05m (13-3 1/2) clearance at the Notre Dame Invitational, and matched Jaime Volkmer's outdoor school standard with a 3.90m (12-9 1/2) best at the Mount SAC Relays. On top of that, Saxer notched five of the top 10 indoor marks and three of the top 10 outdoor bests in school history, not to mention earning indoor all-conference accolades with a runner-up finish at the BIG EAST Indoor Championship.
Some of Winsor's other notable proteges on the men's side have been two-time long jump All-American Marshaun West, as well as 1999 indoor pole vault All-American Mike Brown, 1993 NCAA indoor high jump qualifier Todd Herman, and Godwin Mbagwu, the Outstanding Field Performer at the 2004 BIG EAST Outdoor Championship, which was won by Notre Dame.
As for the women, Winsor helped 2003 graduate Tameisha King to long jump All-America honors four times, including top-eight finishes in both the indoor and outdoor NCAA events in '03. King is now considered one of the top long jumpers in the United States and is in prime position for a berth on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team.
Winsor's guidance also helped Volkmer evolve as the pioneer in women's pole vault at Notre Dame, winning seven all-BIG EAST citations and becoming the first Irish female vaulter to clear the 13-foot barrier.
Thanks to Winsor, Notre Dame broke new ground in 1997 as Jennifer Engelhardt became the first member of the Irish women's track & field team to qualify for the NCAA Championships in a field event. Engelhardt placed ninth in the indoor high jump en route to the first of her three All-America honors (also in 1999 and 2000), making her the first Notre Dame woman to accomplish that feat. In addition, Engelhardt was the first Irish female high jumper to clear six feet and she went on to compete at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials, where she finished tied for seventh.
Following in Engelhardt's footsteps, Cowan qualified for the NCAA Championship three times in her career, earning All-America honors in 2004 with a 10th-place finish in the indoor high jump. Additionally, Cowan still holds the school records in the indoor high jump (1.82m, 5-11 1/2) and heptathlon (4,576 points) and she earned seven all-BIG EAST plaques in her career.
Winsor's achievements have not gone unnoticed. He and the Notre Dame staff have earned ten BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year awards, while helping lead the Irish to ten conference championships.
In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Winsor designed the new Outdoor Throwing Facility at the University. He also is actively involved with all aspects of recruiting for the Irish track & field program, and he plays an integral role in the event management for all home track and cross country meets at Notre Dame.
Prior to his arrival in South Bend in 1988, Winsor spent two years (1983-84) as the varsity track coach at Fulton High School in Middleton, Mich., as well as one season (1987) as an assistant at his alma mater, Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.
A 1987 graduate of Loras with a bachelor's degree in physical education (K-12), Winsor was a standout performer on the track squad, specializing in the jumping events. He was the team's captain for his final two seasons, helping Loras win the 1987 Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title. For nearly two decades, he also held the school record in the outdoor high jump (7-0) until the mark was topped in 2005.
Winsor went on to earn his master's of science in administration degree from Notre Dame in 1995.