Coach Mike Winters
Mike Winters has been heard on more than 300 radio stations across the country! This includes the top talk station in Chicago, WGN, as well as other top shows in major markets such as Philadelphia, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Seattle, Miami, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Diego, Tampa, Vegas, and more thanks to the National Show, This Morning with Gordon Deal. Big media brands that have featured Coach Winters include iHeart Media, Audacy Radio (Formerly Entercom/CBS) and USA Radio Network. He has also been featured on numerous podcasts around the globe.
Mike Winters has spent 18 seasons as a Varsity Basketball Coach at Oregon, Rockford Jefferson, Rock Falls, Boylan Catholic and Machesney Park Harlem in the state of Illinois. His career record is 357-164 (.687 win percentage). He opened his career with 14 consecutive winning seasons. Coach Winters has led three different programs to the State Tournament (SuperSectional or beyond). Rockford Jefferson placed 4th in the state in 2005. Rock Falls made a SuperSectional appearance in 2006 as the smallest AA school in that class. Boylan was a SuperSectional qualifier in 2013 and 2016.
Coach Winters has been named the IBCA District Coach of the Year seven times and was the Sauk Valley Newspapers Coach of the Year in 2006 and the NIC-10 Coach of the Year in 2016. His teams have won 7 conference titles, 8 regional titles and 4 sectional titles. He led his teams to nine 20-win seasons and two 30-win seasons.
Coach Winters has coached players who have gone on to play at Minnesota, Kansas State, New Orleans, Florida A & M, Evansville, Southeast Missouri, Ball State, Wisconsin-Green Bay, University of Illinois-Chicago, Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Air Force and many others who have competed at the Division II, Division III and JUCO levels. Two of his former players are now college head coaches.
Coach Winters is also the author of the book "The Journey: Lessons from the Hardwood" which was released in the August of 2021.