Board of Directors

Chris Winkler, Director of Coaching

Winkler is a 1996 graduate of Appalachian State University and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Education.  Winkler is an Impact Certified Gold Medal Square (GMS) coach.

Winkler is also the Head Volleyball Coach for Northview Middle School.  Winkler has been involved with volleyball since his playing days (club level) in college as a setter.  He has coached on the High School, Middle School and club levels.

Coach Winkler has been with Carolina Select for 9 years.  Coach Winkler started with CSVC with a U12 team in 2012, and has coached U13, U14, U15 and U16 teams for Carolina Select.  Coach Winkler has compiled a 445-108 record with his Select teams.  The last three years his teams have competed at AAU Nationals where they have gone 27-8 in Club Division.  

Coach Winkler has a coaching philosophy based on the following keys; with a focus on increasing self-confidence in each player through skill growth and team success…

      *  Respect yourself and others
      *  Learn to be a great communicator 
      *  Discipline yourself so no one else has to
      *  Make hard work your passion
      *  Don't just work hard, work smart
      *  Put the team before yourself
      *  Be a competitor, winning is an attitude
      *  Change is a must
      *  Handle success like you handle failure

Coach Winkler is happily married to Lynn Winkler.  They have a son, Peyton Winkler, a 2020 graduate from Hickory High and is a standout goalkeeper.  He is a freshman at Mars Hill University and is on the Mars Hill Soccer Team.