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Tom Winske

Head Coach of Baseball

Tom Winske is in his 21st season as the baseball coach at St. Norbert College in 2019.

Winske, who was named Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association College Coach of the Year in 2017 and has been named Midwest Conference North Division Coach of the Year nine times, has led the Green Knights to some of their brightest moments on the diamond. St. Norbert won a school-record 30 games in 2017 and won its third Midwest Conference championship in six seasons. The Green Knights swept a tripleheader on the final day of the MWC Tournament to capture their sixth overall MWC title.

In 2014, St. Norbert claimed its third Midwest Conference championship under Winske by going unblemished in the league tournament at Ripon. The Green Knights placed fourth at the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional, which included a win over nationally ranked Heidelberg University - the top scoring team in the nation entering the post-season.

The Green Knights won a school-record 27 games in 2012, finishing 27-13 and won the Midwest Conference championship. St. Norbert repeated that record in 2013, and narrowly missed a second-straight MWC title with a 13-inning loss in the conference championship game.

St. Norbert went 24-12 during the 2010 season, winning the Midwest Conference North Division title for the fifth time in six years. The Green Knights also swept UW-Oshkosh in a doubleheader for the first time since 1978.

St. Norbert finished 23-15 in 2009, and earned a coveted at-large berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Green Knights also beat three Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schools in the same season for the first time ever.

The Green Knights, who led the NCAA Division III in stolen bases in 2008, posted a 26-10-1 record in 2007. St. Norbert captured the 2003 Midwest Conference title by beating nationally ranked Ripon twice on their home field to clinch the school's first NCAA Tournament berth in baseball.

The Green Knights had their winningest season to that point in 2000, a 25-11 campaign and followed that up with a 23-12 season in 2002. St. Norbert finished second at the Midwest Conference Tournament in 2000 and 2005, and nearly swept a tripleheader on the tournament’s final day in 2000 to cop the league championship. Overall, Winske is 272-182-1 in his 13 seasons at the collegiate level.

Winske is a well-recognized figure in Green Bay area baseball after coaching the Green Bay Billy’s to a 53-15 record during the summer of 1997 and starting the baseball program at Green Bay East High School. He has coached the Green Bay Bluejays American Legion team for eight seasons and De Pere Abbot Pennings High School for two years.

Winske guided the Billy’s, an amateur team made of several former Major League and college players, to the Wisconsin State League Championship and the American Amateur Baseball Congress state title.

In 1991, he founded the East High School program and led the Red Devils to the Fox River Valley Conference title that spring. He has won four FRVC titles in his eight seasons, compiling a 99-57 career record. Winske was the Green Bay News-Chronicle Metro Coach of the Year in 1992, 1993 and 1997. He was the Green Bay Press-Gazette area Coach of the Year in 1997.

He led the Bluejays to third place finishes at the Class AAA State Legion tournament in 1992 and 1994, and directed Abbot Pennings to a third place finish at the 1989 WISAA State Tournament.

Winske played collegiately at Fort Hays State University (Kan.). He also was an assistant coach for one season at the NAIA school, helping the team to a No. 13 national ranking.

The Green Bay native attended Abbot Pennings High School, which has since closed and was located on the St. Norbert College campus. Winske is an instructor of special education at the Brown County Jail.

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