Feb. 15, 2002
PULLMAN, Wash. - It was not the normal men's basketball halftime show, but what a valentine's gift.
A new boat for women's rowing was christened the Jodi Jean Winchell at intermission of the men's basketball contest against California Feb. 14. The boat's name is in honor of former novice head coach Jodi Winchell who retired after 12 years at the end of the 2001 season.
The shell was handled in front of a crowd of just over 2,000 by 17 athletes currently in the program who were coached by Winchell. Amidst the camaraderie and hugs, Winchell was brought down to the floor and poured finish line water over the bow of the shell to complete the ceremony.
"Jodi has left a legacy here at WSU," said head coach Tammy Crawford. "She spent 12 seasons coaching and mentoring young women and helping to make smart choices as they matured into young adults."
Winchell started out as a volunteer coach in 1991, and was par of the rowing teams transition from a club sport to a varsity athletic program. During the next 12 seasons, Winchell coached 45 athletes to a Pacific-10 Conference gold medal, 36 to a silver, and 54 to a bronze. Winchell coached nine athletes to a national championship, nine to a third place at nationals, and an additional 18 to a sixth place.
Winchell retired after the 2001 season to spent more time with her family, which includes her husband Doug, daughter Stephanie, 6, and son Matthew, 4.
The varsity eight will compete in the Jodi Jean Winchell boat at 3 p.m. March 30 against Oregon State at Wawawai Landing.