Alexander Central High School has announced that Jonathan Winkler will take over as the school’s new Women’t Basketball coach. Winkler is a longtime track coach and Football assistant at ACHS. Wilker will take over the post following the resignation of coach Jacob Lail. Lail has stepped away after one season to continue his education as a teacher.
“Alexander Central Athletics has turned to one of our most experienced and professional coaches on staff to take on a new role of Head Women’s Basketball Coach. Coach Jonathan Winkler, our current Defensive Coordinator and Head Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Coach, will now also oversee our Women’s Basketball program,” Director of Athletics Joanna Crew said in a statement last week. “We value Coach Winkler’s love of coaching and commitment to high school athletics. The relationships he builds with our athletes have proven to be a main component to his coaching success in other sports. We look forward to watching his teams compete in the Northwestern 3A/4A Conference next season.”
A graduate of East Burke High School and Appalachian State University, Winkler, 35, has served as Alexander Central’s Head Track and Field Coach for the past 11 years. He has also been a part of the Alexander Central Football Coaching Staff for 11 seasons. Prior to coming to Alexander Central, Winkler coached at South Caldwell and Hibriten High Schools. “I have been here at AC for the past 11 years, coaching Football and Track throughout my tenure and I am delighted that I have this amazing opportunity to take the helm as the Lady Cougar Basketball team’s Head coach. First and foremost, I would like to thank my wife Susan for the wonderful support that she and my children have given me. Without them, I would not be where I am today. I would also like to thank Principal Doug Rhoney and Athletic Director Joanna Crew for hiring me for this wonderful coaching position.”
Winkler and his wife, Susan, live in Hickory. They have two children; Carson, age seven; and Lillian, six months.