NKU’s Winstel retires

After winning 636 games in 29 seasons as the women’s basketball head coach at Northern Kentucky University and building the program into a national powerhouse, Nancy Winstel announced her retirement Wednesday night.

Winstel led NKU to a pair of NCAA Division II national championships (2000 and 2008) and finished with a record of 636-214 as the Norse head coach. She was named the national coach of the decade by Women’s Division II Bulletin in 2009, and her basketball program was also tabbed the best during that decade by that same publication.

A six-time Great Lakes Valley Conference Coach of the Year, Winstel was named the WBCA Division II National Coach of the Year in 1999-2000 after leading NKU to its first national title. The Norse posted a 32-2 record that season and won 24 consecutive games en route to the school’s first-ever national championship.

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