Winterstein Joins Topper Baseball Coaching Staff

Jan. 27, 2017

Tommy Winterstein
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- WKU Baseball head coach John Pawlowski has named Tommy Winterstein as Volunteer Coach and Camp Director, the Hilltoppers announced Friday. Besides his on-field coaching duties, Winterstein will coordinate WKU Baseball alumni relations, community service initiatives, and all camps and clinics.

"We want to welcome Tommy Winterstein to WKU and the Hilltopper Baseball family," Pawlowski said. "His experience both as a Division I baseball player and coach over the last five years will be a great addition to our program. The passion and energy he has will help continue to move our program forward both on and off the field for our student-athletes."

Winterstein comes to Bowling Green after serving as the Director of Player Development at his alma mater Charleston Southern University of the Big South Conference.

With the Buccaneers, he worked mainly with hitters and infielders; provided video analysis to the coaching staff and hitters; served as high school prospect camp director; assisted with recruits while they were on campus; assisted with the annual golf tournament fundraiser as well as other program fundraising projects; participated in student-athlete success sessions; and oversaw game day field preparations.

Winterstein began his college playing career at Furman University, but was injured and redshirted his freshman season after undergoing labrum surgery. He successfully rehabbed and transferred to USC-Lancaster (a perennial JuCo playoff contender) where he recorded an ERA of 2.18 in 10 appearances and hit .398 with 23 RBI primarily as a third baseman.

He then transferred to Charleston Southern, but his playing career was cut short after two mound appearances due to injury. Prior to graduating, Winterstein became a Student Assistant Coach for Charleston Southern for the 2016 season where he worked primarily with pitchers and was responsible for managing the bullpen during games. He earned his bachelor's degree in Business Administration later that spring.

Winterstein spent his summers developing as a student-athlete honing his skills with the Richmond (IN) River Rats in the Prospect League and the Columbia (SC) Blowfish in the Coastal Plains League. In high school, Winterstein was a highly-decorated two-sport athlete at Cardinal Newman High School in South Carolina, where he was a two-time All-State baseball player and was an All-State quarterback in football.

The Hilltoppers begin their 2017 season three weeks from today, with Opening Day at Nick Denes Field vs. Valparaiso on Feb. 17 at 3 p.m.

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