Winterstein Joins Topper Baseball Coaching Staff
WKU Baseball head coach John Pawlowski has named Tommy Winterstein as Volunteer Coach and Camp Director, the Hilltoppers announced Friday. Besides his on-field coaching duties, Winterstein will coordinate WKU Baseball alumni relations, community service initiatives, and all camps and clinics.
A 15-year head coaching veteran with 529 wins under his belt and 11 NCAA Tournament trips in his 23-year collegiate coaching career, John Pawlowski will be entering his second season on The Hill as WKU’s head baseball coach in 2017 after being hired in the summer of 2015.
Pawlowski, who won over 60 percent of his games in 14 seasons as head coach at College of Charleston (2000-08) and Auburn (2009-13), has developed 81 MLB Draft selections (50 pitchers) during his 23-year coaching tenure at the collegiate level, won 529 games (529-348 overall) and appeared in 11 NCAA Regionals.
Things got off to a fast start during his WKU tenure as he lead the Hilltoppers to wins in seven of his first eight games in charge in 2016, which was the best start for the Tops since the 1985 campaign. By winning six of his first seven contests, he joined M.A. Leiper and Roy Manchester, who were dual head coaches in the 1913 season, as the only WKU coaches to achieve the feat.
Recruiting Coordinator/Infield Coach
Ty Megahee, who was a former assistant under Pawlowski at Auburn, will be entering his second year at WKU as the team’s recruiting coordinator and infield coach after reuniting with Pawlowski back in the summer of 2015.
During his first season, Megahee oversaw an infield that had an All-American at third base in Danny Hudzina and the first freshman in the last 26 years to start every game at shortstop in Steven DiPuglia. Hudzina, who held a .408 batting average, went on to be drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 10th round of the 2016 MLB Draft.
Megahee came to The Hill after two seasons as Mercer’s hitting coach where assisted his alma mater in winning 73 games over the past two seasons, including a 2015 appearance in the NCAA Regionals where the Bears lost a pair of one-run heartbreakers to host Florida State and Auburn.
Rob Reinstetle, who served as an assistant under Pawlowski at College of Charleston, will be entering his second season on The Hill as the hitting and outfielders’ coach in 2017 after he reunited with Pawlowski in the summer of 2015.
In 10 seasons as a college assistant, Reinstetle has compiled a record of 386-214, helped guide his teams to six NCAA Regionals, a pair of Super Regionals and four conference championships. Seventy-seven players have been selected in the MLB Draft under Reinstetle, 10 of those draftees reached the major leagues and six are on active MLB rosters.
Reinstetle oversaw a very talented hitting team during his first season on The Hill in 2016, which included one of the top duos in C-USA in Danny Hudzina and Kaleb Duckworth. The two were both named to the All-C-USA first team at the end of the year and both claimed All-American titles. Hudzina, who was the first Hilltopper to hit .400 for a season since 1997, was named to the ABCA All-American third team at the end of the year before being drafted in the 10th round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. Duckworth finished the year with a .329 batting average and a team-high 36 RBI before being named to the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America third team.
Special Assistant to the Head Coach
Tom Winterstein combines his passion for baseball, technology, and business as a Special Assistant to the head baseball coach at Western Kentucky University. He works on special projects for Coach Pawlowski and serves as the Website Director for WKU Baseball Camps. Tom and John have been a powerful 1-2 combination ever since teaming together as pitcher/catcher in high school. After a brief college baseball career Tom set his sights on pursuing his love for the game through his business and technology training.
During the past eighteen years, the duo have conducted instructional baseball camps and offered instructional baseball products throughout the US via Throw90 (StrikeZone Enterprises, LLC.) a leading edge baseball technology company that they co-founded in 1997.
During this time period Tom led Throw90 as Executive VP and General Manager and negotiated a multi-year contract to manage and operate Pitcher/Catcher specialty camps on behalf of Nike Baseball Camps throughout the country.
Volunteer Assistant/Camp Director
Tommy Winterstein comes to Bowling Green after serving as the Director of Player Development at his alma mater Charleston Southern University of the Big South Conference. As Volunteer Assistant and Baseball Camp Director, he is in charge of WKU Baseball alumni relations, community service initiatives, and all camps and clinics, along with on-field coaching duties.
“We want to welcome Tommy Winterstein to WKU and the Hilltopper Baseball family,” head coach John Pawlowski said. “His experience both as a Division I baseball player and coach over the last five years will be a great addition to our program. The passion and energy he has will help continue to move our program forward both on and off the field for our student-athletes.”
With the Buccaneers, he worked mainly with hitters and infielders; provided video analysis to the coaching staff and hitters; served as high school prospect camp director; assisted with recruits while they were on campus; assisted with the annual golf tournament fundraiser as well as other program fundraising projects; participated in student-athlete success sessions; and oversaw game day field preparations.
Director of Operations
WKU head baseball coach John Pawlowski completed his staff on June 27 by naming WKU alum Gaston Glasscock as Director of Baseball Operations. Glasscock will handle the bulk of WKU’s day-to-day operational duties and manage the Hilltoppers traveling details.
“Gaston is very familiar with the program and has a strong work ethic that will help us continue to move the program forward,” said Pawlowski. “Both he and Devin are tremendous workers and our student athletes will benefit from being around them. I’m very fortunate to round out our staff with two blue-collar alumni who already have plenty invested in WKU Baseball.”
Glasscock, a Hardinsburg, Ky. native and older brother of former WKU pitcher Tate Glasscock, was a student-manager for the program during the 2013-14 seasons before tackling a more hands-on role with the Hilltoppers in 2015. Glasscock teamed with Kelly in handling WKU’s field and clubhouse maintenance, organized youth camps and tournaments, and was also responsible for day-to-day operations last year. He received his degree from WKU, majoring in finance and sports management with a minor in economics.