Kelly Winter enters his second season as the head coach at Ohio Dominican in 2020-21.
In his first season at the helm, Winter led the Panthers to a 12-17 overall record and 8-10 mark in Great Midwest Athletic Conference play. ODU earned the sixth seed in the G-MAC’s postseason tournament, where they lost in the closing seconds to the eventual champion, Walsh, 67-66.
Winter guided one of the nation’s top free throw shooting teams in Division II, as ODU ranked sixth nationally with an .804 shooting clip. The Panthers also had two all-conference performers in Hasan Varence and Sam Hickey. Varence won G-MAC Player of the Week three times as well, while also being selected to the top 100 watchlist for the Small College Basketall Bevo Francis Award in 2019-20.
Prior to taking the reigns, Winter spent five seasons as an assistant on the staff at Ohio Dominican, where he helped lead the team to a 15-game win improvement since 2014. That includes achieving the best record in the Division II era for the program in 2017-18 at 20-11, where the team also won the G-MAC Tournament Championship and qualified for the NCAA Tournament. He also helped lead the 2018-19 team to its best conference record since joining the Division II ranks at 13-7.
Here at Ohio Dominican, Winter also served as the recruiting coordinator and camp director, while leading the strength and conditioning program that has helped produce three first team all-conference players and five 1,000 point scorers.
Before his time with the Panthers, Winter was an assistant at Illinois Wesleyan University, where he helped guide the team to the NCAA Division III Final Four in his final year.
Winter graduated from nearby Capital University in 2012 where he played basketball. As a player, he led the team to an Ohio Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championship, earning All-OAC honors, and was the OAC Tournament MVP in 2012. Winter then went on to earn his Masters of Science in Exercise Physiology at Illinois State in 2014.