10 Sean Winston
Sean  Winston

Volunteer Assistant Coach

Sean Winston enters his third season as volunteer assistant coach. Winston directly coaches the squad on baserunning and will serve as first base coach while assisting with the hitters, infielders, and defensive positioning.

With Winston on the staff, all the Zags have done is won West Coast Conference championships. With titles in both 2016 and 2017, they earned their first back-to-back conference titles since 1973-74 and first ever as members of the WCC. In 2016, Winston helped guide the Zags to a 36-21 record and their first at-large berth to the NCAA Regionals, and in 2017, the Zags went 33-20, winning five of their final conference games against co-champs BYU and Loyola Marymount to claim a share of the title. They claimed the first seed at the WCC Championships thanks to the hot finish.

Also during his first season in 2016, Gonzaga equaled its highest fielding percentage since at least 2008, fielding at a .975 clip that season. 2017’s mark of .973 is third-best during that time period.

Winston came to Spokane with five years of coaching experience. Most recently, he was an assistant coach at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix where he helped lead the Pumas to the ACCAC Championship in 2015. At Paradise Valley, Winston was in charge of coaching third base and running the offense, served as the recruiting coordinator, and also coached individual skill positions in the infield and at the plate. The 2015 season was actually his second stint at the school; he also helped coach the Pumas from August 2010 until December 2012. Over his three seasons at Paradise Valley, Winston coached one NJCAA National Gold Glove Award winner and three finalists.

At the same time, Winston also was the lead assistant coach for the Matsu Miners during the 2014 and 2015 seasons, leading the squad to Alaska Baseball League Divisional titles both seasons. In Matsu, Winston led the coaching of both the infielders and outfielders, holding responsibility for all defensive positioning and changes. During his two seasons, he coached two ABL Players of the Year, two ABL Pitchers of the Year, and the 2015 ABL batting champion.

Before returning to Paradise Valley, Winston spent two seasons as the volunteer assistant coach at Abilene Christian. Once again, he coached the Wildcats’ infielders and catchers in supporting off-the-field endeavors such as recruiting, fundraising, and scheduling.

In addition to his time in college baseball and with the Matsu Miners, Winston has also assisted with the Wenatchee Applesox of the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League, guiding the club to a WCCBL Championship in 2012.

Before coaching, Winston played for two years at Hawaii Pacific in Honolulu, where he was a two-time First Team All-Conference second basemen and helped the Sea Warriors to a Pac-West Conference Championship and a second-place finish at the 2010 Western Regional. Before heading to the Islands, Winston spent two years at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Wash., where he led the Red Devils to two division titles and a second-place finish in the NWAC Championship in 2008.

Winston graduated from Hawaii Pacific with a BSBA in business management in 2010. He’s currently working on a Master’s in Business Administration from Grand Canyon University.

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