David Winkler Resigns As Head Coach of Centenary Ladies Basketball
Tuesday, April 13, 2004

SHREVEPORT—Athletic director Taylor Moore has announced that David Winkler has resigned his position as head women’s basketball coach at Centenary College. Winkler, a Shreveport native and Centenary alum, will leave his post with the college to pursue an opportunity to join the family business which includes managing gas, oil, timber, and real estate interests.

“I enjoyed my time at Centenary,” said Winkler. “I worked with some great people that I enjoyed being around for three years. I will definitely miss those folks, but my father is close to retirement and I am really excited about the opportunity to work with him.”

“On behalf of the college, we appreciate the three years of service that David Winkler has given us,” said Moore. “He inherited a struggling program and brought quality to it. However, I totally understand his desire to get into the family business. That is something that becomes more and more important to you the older you get.”

After taking over a program that was only two years old and was dangerously close to setting an NCAA record with 55 consecutive losses, Winkler led the fledgling Centenary team to a 9-19 mark in his first year. The 8 ˝-game turnaround from the previous season ranked the Ladies as the 12th most improved team in the nation. He followed his initial campaign with an 8-20 record in 2002-03 and a 4-23 mark last season, the team’s first in the Mid-Continent Conference.

“In my time at Centenary, my staff and I took a program that was on the verge of setting a dubious NCAA record and got things moving in the right direction. I am very proud of that,” he said. “This program is ready to take the next step forward and I am excited to see that happen. I am going to be a big fan of the team next year and I wish them great success.”

Moore has named assistant coach Elizabeth Wamsley as the interim head coach for the immediate future. Wamsley joined the team prior to the start of the 2003-04 season after serving as a head women’s coach in the Alcorn Central Schools system in Mississippi. In addition to playing four years at Mississippi State where she competed in three postseason tournaments (WNIT in 1998, NCAA in 1999 and 2000), Wamsley served as the head coach of several AAU championship teams in her home state.

“After working with our team members since last October, I can truly say that it is an honor to be given the position of interim head coach,” said Wamsley. “I fully believe in our players and in the upward direction that our program is moving. The challenge now is to maintain that forward movement during this time of transition.”

Moore has met with Centenary President Dr. Kenneth Schwab and plans to begin an immediate search for Winkler’s permanent replacement.

“It is essential that we fill this position as soon as possible as we are in the midst of the annual recruiting period. I know that Coach Wamsley will do an excellent job during the interim, and we would certainly anticipate her being a leading candidate for the permanent job,” says Moore.