Kenya Woodall broke a 12-year old school record in the 400m, which was previously held by Olympic gold medalist Mary (Danner) Wineberg.
Chris Wineberg serves on the University of Cincinnati coaching staff as the associate head coach, and the 2015-16 season marks his 10th season on staff. Wineberg coaches the Bearcats’ 400 meters, multi-events and high jump.
// COACHING EXPERIENCE Wineberg joined the UC coaching staff in Fall 2006 as an assistant coach where he strictly worked with the men’s and women’s sprint groups. In Fall 2015, he was promoted to associate head coach with coaching responsibilities for the 400, multi events and high jump.
Over his nine seasons at Cincinnati, he has coached athletes to 30 school records, 33 all-conference performances, 11 conference individual and relay titles, 33 NCAA First Round bids, 10 NCAA Championship bids and five All-America honors.
Wineberg also served as a coach and training partner for his wife, Mary Wineberg, for seven years. During her professional career, she was one of the World’s top 400-meter runners and won Olympic Gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the 4x400-meter relay. Mary ranked as high as eighth in the World in the 400-meter dash during her career.
// 400M DEVELOPMENT Wineberg’s tutelage in the 400 has done wonders for the Bearcats, most recently with Kenya Woodall, who has become one of the nation’s top 400 runners. In 2015, Woodall qualified for the NCAA Championships and the USA Senior Nationals. She also broke her own school records during the indoor (53.73) and outdoor (51.78) seasons.
On the men’s side, he coached Antione Drakeford to All-America honors in 2009 while also grabbing conference titles in 2008 and 2010. Drakeford still holds UC’s school records in the indoor (46.59) and outdoor (45.83) 400. In 2014, Wineberg led Darnell Gilbert to an indoor conference title and a runner-up finish outdoors.
Wineberg has also had success in the 4x400-meter relay with his squads holding the women’s indoor and outdoor school records and the men’s outdoor record.
// MULTI-EVENT DEVELOPMENT Competing in the multi-events was Wineberg’s specialty, so coaching it has become second nature to him. Jasmine Cotton has arguably been Wineberg’s most successful project becoming a three-time All-Conference performer and a two-time All-American from 2008-12. More recently, he helped Alex Bloom reach the USA Junior Nationals in the decathlon in 2015 and led Kaitlyn Good to a runner-up finish in the heptathlon at the American Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships.
// HIGH JUMP DEVELOPMENT Wineberg’s leadership in high jump has been incredible over for UC standouts Erika Hurd and Loretta Blaut. Hurd set the bar for this group the this season by earning the indoor and outdoor conference titles, two All-America honors and qualifying for the USA Senior Nationals for the indoor and outdoor season. Blaut followed suit by earning a runner-up finish at outdoor conference and qualifying for the USA Junior Nationals in 2015. Altogether, Wineberg had three high jumpers on both the men’s and women’s side place at conference.
// TRACK & FIELD CAREER Wineberg was a two-time conference champion in the decathlon at UC and an All-American in 2004. He holds the school record in the decathlon, with a score of 7,584. Wineberg graduated from UC in 2004 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was also honored as the Legion of Excellence Award winner for graduating with the highest senior GPA of the team in 2004.
Post collegiately, Wineberg competed at the national level for two seasons and placed as high as fifth at the indoor U.S. National Meet in the heptathlon.
In Fall 2015, Wineberg was inducted into the Greater Cincinnati Hall of Fame.
// PERSONAL LIFE Wineberg is married to former UC 400-meter standout and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Mary Wineberg. The couple has two daughters, Brooklyn and Olivia.