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  James Winchester
James Winchester

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Assistant Coach

Second Year


Soedel and Kron to Represent Utah at NCAA Championships

Duo to compete in Indianapolis Mar. 28-30.


Kron Breaks Second School Record at Pac-12 Championships

Utes stand in fifth.


More Utah Records Fall at Pac-12 Championships

Utes move into fifth.


U Will Not Renew Winslow's Contract


Utah Men Start Pac-12 Championships With Two School Records

Utes in sixth after first day.

James Winchester in his second season with the University of Utah swimming & diving program. Winchester is responsible for leading Utah's recruiting effort in Washington, Oregon, Missouri, and the southeastern part of the United States. He is also responsible for the Utes' social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter/Vine and Instagram).

In his first season with the Utes, Winchester was named the interim Head Swimming Coach as the program transitioned into the Joe Dykstra era. Under his transitional leadership, the program had a record-breaking season, re-writing 12 new school records.

Utah also had its most impressive showing at the NCAA Championships in recent history with a 33rd-place showing, led by All-American performances from Nick Soedel and Josiah Purss. Internationally, the Utes were represented by Kristian Kron (Sweden) at the World Short Course Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, and Bence Kiraly (Hungary) at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia.

It was also a successful year in the classroom as both the men's (Spring 2013) and women's (Fall 2012 and Spring 2013) teams earned Academic All-American recognition and a total of 15 individuals were named to the Pac-12 All-Conference Academic Team.

Prior to joining the University of Utah coaching staff, Winchester was the Head Coach of Nu Wave Swim Club in New Orleans, La. Nu Wave qualified swimmers for NCSA and USA Swimming Junior Nationals and had student-athletes named to the USA Swimming Academic All-American Team. Numerous swimmers were ranked in the top 100 for their age group in the US, with two swimmers ranking in the top 100 in the world. Swimmers from the club went on to compete in the ACC, Pac-12, SEC and Ivy League Championships as well as the NCAA Championships. During his tenure, Nu Wave grew by leaps and bounds, increasing the number of full-time members, improving its performance at the Louisiana state championships in both short-course and long-course levels that included a program-best second-place finish at 2012 Louisiana Short Course State Championships.

Between 2007-11, Winchester was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of New Orleans before being elevated to head coach in 2010. At UNO, Winchester was a part of the staff that restarted the men's program that brought in an inaugural recruiting class that was ranked 18th in the nation by Collegeswimming.com, as well as coaching five national champions and numerous NCAA Division I Qualifiers. During his time at UNO, the program reset all 36 school records (18 men, 18 women) over a two-year span. In the classroom, UNO's teams were consistently ranked as Academic All-American team with the men's team placing as high as eighth in the nation for GPA among NCAA Division I schools in 2008.

Winchester's first coaching experience at the collegiate level came at Drury University in Springfield, Mo., where he was groomed under Hall of Fame head coach Brian Reynolds. At Drury, Winchester worked with numerous All-Americans and NCAA champions, which culminated in winning the 2007 NCAA Division II national championship for the Women's program, and the 2007 and 2008 NCAA Division II national championships for the men.

At the international level, Winchester has coached athletes who have participated in the previous three Olympic Games (Ismael Ortiz, Panama, Athens 2004, Roman Sludnov, Russia, Beijing 2008, London 2012, Eva Hannesdottir, Iceland, London 2012), as well as being a part of the Trinidad & Tobago National Team staff for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. In 2007, Sludnov was the European champion in the 100m breaststroke, and placed fifth at the 2008 Olympics in the 100m breaststroke. Sludnov was the former world record holder in the 100m Breaststroke, and was the first man to break the one-minute barrier. Winchester has worked with Kurtis MacGillivary, a former top-10 world-ranked distance swimmer (800m freestyle, 1500m freestyle), as well as having swimmers participate in the FINA World Championships, World University Games, and Central Caribbean Games.

Winchester accepted his first coaching job in 2004 when he was named the head swimming coach for Scottsburg High School in Indiana.

Winchester is a 2004 graduate of the University of Louisville, and gained his MBA from Drury University in 2008. He and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Sandy, Utah, with their daughter, Chloe, and a dog, Marley.

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