Long journey has sweet ending for sixth year senior
Chris Wineberg enters his sixth season as a full time member of the University of Cincinnati coaching staff, with his responsibilities ranging from coaching the men's and women's sprint programs and multi-event athletes.
In 2006, Wineberg was hired as an assistant track coach where he strictly worked with the men's and women's sprint programs and now he coaches the sprints in addition to the multi-event athletes. In the past five seasons, UC has seen 23 school records fall in the sprint and multi events. Wineberg has coached 64 All Big East Performers, 25 Regional/NCAA First Round Qualifiers, 16 Big East - Top 3 Finishers, 6 Big East Champions, 4 NCAA Finals Qualifiers, 2 Big East Athlete's of the Meet and 1 All American.
Most notably, Wineberg coached Antione Drakeford, who broke the UC school record in the 400 meters with a time of 45.83 and eventually went on to earn All-American honors in the 400 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Additionally, Wineberg coached Jasmine Cotten as she went on to shatter the indoor pentathlon record at the BIG EAST Championships with a score of 4,073 en route to being named the meet's Most Outstanding Field Performer. Cotten went on to place 14th at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the pentathlon and later finished 18th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the heptathlon. Wineberg also coaches his wife, Mary Wineberg, as she continues her professional career in the 400m after winning Olympic Gold in 2008 as a member of the USA 4x400m relay team. Mary has been ranked as high as 8th in the World in the 400m dash.
The 2011 season was an exceptional one for Wineberg and the Lady Bearcat Sprint group. The Lady Bearcat sprinters set school records in the indoor 60m dash, the indoor 200m dash, the indoor 4x400m relay, the outdoor 100m dash, the outdoor 4x100m relay, and outdoor 4x400m relay. They posted NCAA qualifiers in every outdoor sprint event and the 4x400m relay team of Portis, Arnold, Klump, and Rhodes brought home the first Conference relay title in program history winning the event at The 2011 Outdoor Big East Championships.
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. While training and competing at a national level, Wineberg also served as a part-time coach for the UC track program, working with the long and high jumpers.
Chris is married to former UC 400-meter standout and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Mary Wineberg (formerly Danner). The couple welcomed a daughter, Brooklyn, in August 2009.