Track adds Shawn Winget to coaching staff

Festus Kigen returns in 2007.

Festus Kigen returns in 2007.

Aug. 24, 2007

FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU head coach Darryl Anderson announced the addition of Shawn Winget to the Flyin' Frogs track and field coaching staff on Thursday. Winget will oversee the distance and cross country portions of the track and field program.

Winget comes to TCU from Ferris High School in Ferris, Texas. Under Winget's tutelage, Ferris set twelve school records and captured the district championship in both cross country and track and field for the first time in school history. Individually, Winget coached 53 all-district performers, one regional champion, eight regional finalists and a state qualifier in the 300-meter hurdles during his time at Ferris.

Prior to his three-year stint with Ferris, Winget served as the head men's and women's cross country and track and field coach at Northwood University in Cedar Hill from 1996 to 2004. While at Northwood, Winget, who was the regional coach of the year eight times, won 16 conference championships and six regional cross country championships. The Knights under Winget qualified for the NAIA national cross country meet eight consecutive years. During his time at the NAIA power, Winget coached 78 conference champions, 11 all-Americans, one national champion and one IAAF world cross country participant.

From 1995 to 1996, Winget served as an assistant coach at Baylor University, while obtaining his master's degree in human performance. During his stay at Baylor, the Bears won the final Southwest Conference Indoor Championship. Individually, eight athletes were named all-conference performers during the indoor season, while four captured conference championships under Winget's watch. In cross country, Winget helped produce five all-conference athletes, three all-regional selections and one national qualifier.

Winget began his coaching career at Abilene Christian University as an assistant coach in 1993. There he helped guide ACU to back-to-back track and cross country conference championships, while also aiding the Wildcats to three consecutive Division II National Championships. Under Winget, athletes excelled at the highest level with 13 receiving all-America status and five being crowned national champions.



Winget, who graduated from Abilene Christian with a bachelor of science degree in physical education, was captain for the Wildcat cross country team that won the NCAA Division II National Championship. There he was a two-time all-conference performer in the 1,500 meters and cross country. Winget was also an all-regional performer in cross country.

Winget and his wife Ricci, who was a three-time all-conference volleyball player at Abilene Christian, reside in Midlothian. They have one daughter, Riann.

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