Jason Winegar was hired as assistant tennis coach in August 2017, just prior to the start of the 2017-18 season.
Winegar comes to the Herd following a stint as a volunteer assistant coach at Texas. During his time in Austin, the Longhorns reached the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament and reached the round of 32 at the NCAA tournament. While at Texas, Winegar also coached several young American professionals on the ITA Futures and Challenger circuits.
Winegar began his coaching career in his hometown of Midland, Mich., helping to establish the Midland Tennis Academy before progressing to running his own highly-successful performance program, The Elite Lincolnshire Tennis Academy, based out of the Lincolnshire Tennis Club in the greater Chicago area. Winegar later became a private coach, taking one of his junior players to the top 100 world rankings.
Winegar has a wealth of experience and success coaching all levels of the game. His coaching has taken him to Europe, South America, Africa and Central America, as well as North America. Winegar has had the privilege of coaching players at the junior championships of three of the four Grand Slam events (Wimbledon, US Open, French Open).
A graduate of Aquinas (Mich.) College in 2005, Winegar played collegiately for the Saints at the NAIA level. Winegar amassed more than 100 career victories at Aquinas and was nationally ranked in both singles and doubles play. He is the first player in Aquinas history to quaify for the NAIA National Tournament in four consecutive seasons.