Chris Winkler to Become Next UCHS Volleyball Coach


Origina; | 4/19/2022

PHOTO CREDIT: Chris Winkler

University Christian High School is excited to announce the hiring of a new head coach and assistant head coach for the Lady Barracudas volleyball program for 2022-23. Chris Winkler will take over the reins as head coach and will be assisted by Sage Harrington.

Winkler, who is currently a teacher and coach at Northview Middle School as well as club director at the Carolina Select Volleyball Club in Hickory, brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the UCHS volleyball program. In addition to his experience at CSVC, Winkler compiled a record of 102-24 as middle school coach at Northview, winning 3 conference championships in nine seasons. Additionally Winkler has coached over 500 wins in club volleyball in ages 12 and under through 16 and under.

“I am excited and thankful for this opportunity to lead the University Christian High School volleyball program. Thank you to Athletics Director, Jeff Taylor, and Dr. Unverfehrt for entrusting me with the young women on this team” , Winkler said.

Winkler will take over for Tiffany Brooks who compiled a two year record of 26-7 and guided the Lady Barracudas to a Foothills Athletic Conference championship in 2021 and a 2020 Elite Eight appearance in the NCISAA 2A state playoffs and a Final Four berth in 2021. The Lady Barracudas have a talented roster led by two time NCISAA 2A All State player Maddie Smith and 2021 All State Player Sophie Deese, as well as Megan McNeely a two year All Conference player.

Assisting Winkler will be former Alexander Central and CVCC standout Sage Harrington. Harrington was a four year letterman and middle hitter at ACHS and she also played that position at CVCC where she was an All Region X NJCAA selection. Harrington has also coached at Carolina Select Volleyball Club for the past two seasons and has also coached with the Alexander Aces Volleyball Club.