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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

January 18, 2005

Former Women's Basketball Coach Wayne Winstead Passes Away at Age 70

MARYVILLE, Mo. -- Former Northwest Missouri State University head coach Wayne Winstead passed away yesterday (Monday) after a brief illness. Winstead was the Bearcat women's basketball coach from 1979-1999 and stands as the winningest coach in Northwest coaching history with 311 career victories. This past fall, Winstead was elected into the Northwest Missouri State University Hall of Fame.

During a 10-year stretch from 1982-1992, Winstead's clubs finished in the top-half of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) standings including an MIAA title during the 1983-84 season. He engineered his teams to three 20-win seasons and 16 post-season appearances. He was named MIAA Coach of the Year twice (1984, 1990); his 1984 program sparkled with a 25-5 mark, his best of any season and the 1990 club advanced to the NCAA Division II South Central Regional Tournament.

Overall, he compiled a 311-244 (.560) mark at Northwest.

The Westboro, Mo., native coached at Sheridan High School from 1959-1976 winning seven regular season and conference tournament titles. After that, he was the general at Worth County High School from 1976-78. In 1994, Winstead was inducted in to the John Q. Hammons Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. Winstead graduated from Tarkio College in 1957 and earned his master's in physical education from Northwest in 1971.

Funeral arrangements will take place in Tarkio at the Davis Funeral Home. The specifics are still pending at the time of this announcement.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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