Coach Winterton coaches like no other coach out there today. Using the latest in science and technology, Coach has combined the footwork of the NFL and Pro Tennis with the training of the Olympians. Because of his coaching experience he is able to tailor the program to fit weekend warriors to top pros. “No athlete is the same, so why design one training program for everyone?” Coach Will work around you schedule to develop the best plan for you. You will not see him online or on the internet explaining his program to everyone. Coach protects his athletes by guarding some of the “secret sauce” that is Winterton Racqquetball.
Who is this guy?
Hall of Fame Coach Jim Winterton, has been coaching racquetball since 1973. Over the past 40 years Jim has taught, competed with, and coached the top names in the game. Honing his craft over those years, Jim never lost touch with the ultimate goal, helping people. In 2011, Jim did something no coach has ever done before, coached the number one male and female pros in the world.
How does he do it?
Coach says, “Practice and you won’t get better. Play and you won’t get better. Practice and Play correctly together in a developed plan and you will get better.”
What is the engine that drives the approach?
“That’s simple, says Coach W, ” I care more about the people I coach, than the titles they win. Racquetball success is a bonus. I am blessed to have great people and athletes to work with.”
Jim began his racquetball career the same time he began his English teaching career. In July 2008 he retired after 29 years in Public Education. In 1990 he started a decade long head coaching job of the USA team. During that decade his teams were undefeated, and he is the only coach in USA history to coach in three Pan Am Games, 1995 in Argentina, 1999 in Canada, and in 2003 in the Dominican Republic. He resigned his position in 1999 and coached Mexico to the first gold medals in that country’s history in 2000. He came back to the USA in 2002 and helped restore the USA team to the World Championship that the team had fallen short of in 2000. In 2003 he led the team to two golds, five silvers and a bronze medal in the Pan Ams. In 1995 and 1999 he served as adult and junior team coach. His junior teams were undefeated as well. In 2008 he returned to international coaching by becoming Head Coach of Ireland where he led them to a top place finish in Europe and a respectable team finish in the worlds.
The athletes he currently coaches are a “who’s who” in the racquetball world. Kane Waselenchuk, The winningest athlete in racquetball history is the headliner, but he also teaches introductory lessons to beginners at his home clubs. He certifies coaches and pros through the USA Racquetball Instructors Program. Besides the countries mentioned above Jim has done stints in Korea, Canada and Costa Rica.
He is the head instructor at the United States Elite Racquetball Camp, the largest racquetball camp in the world, which has moved to Denver, Colorado. He was inducted into the Racquetball Hall of Fame in 2000.
You can reach Coach Winterton any time through this website; Contact him as he loves to talk racquetball! Work with him one day and you will understand why his favorite saying is “Onward and upward!”