Interim Director of Men’s and Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country Susan Seaton has announced Sam Kranz will join the Bearcats’ staff as an assistant coach, and current assistant coach Chris Wineberg has been promoted to Associate Head Track & Field/Cross Country Coach.
“I am thrilled to announce the hiring of Sam, who is a young and very energetic coach,” said Seaton. “A number of jump experts highly recommended him, and he has done a great job elevating the performances of athletes at his previous institutions.”
Kranz comes to UC after spending one season at Murray State as an assistant coach where he worked with the jumpers. At UC, he will work with pole vaulters and horizontal jumpers.
Before working at Murray State, he was a volunteer assistant at his alma mater the University of Northern Iowa where he worked mainly with the pole vaulters.
Kranz graduated from UNI with a degree in English Education. As a student-athlete, he competed most notably in the pole vault. During his four seasons, he competed at the NCAA Championships three times. He also garnered three Missouri Valley Conference titles in pole vault and earned six all-conference finishes.
The Naperville, Illinois native is a certified USTFCCCA Multi-Event Specialist, USATF Emerging Elite-Jumps participant, and USA Track & Field Level I Coach.
Wineberg is promoted to Associate Head Track & Field/Cross Country Coach after spending the last six seasons as an assistant coach at Cincinnati. The former UC All-American will continue to coach long sprints and multi-events, but he will also add high jump to his responsibilities.
“It is with great excitement that I announce the promotion of Chris Wineberg,” Seaton said. “He has been an integral part of our program for over 10 years and has coached a number of athletes to success. He will have an expanded role as our recruiting coordinator and supervise our volunteer staff members.”
During his six seasons as a coach with the Bearcats, Wineberg coached Antione Drakeford to All-America honors in the 400-meter dash and an outdoor school record. This past season, he helped Kenya Woodall break both the women’s indoor and outdoor 400-meter dash records. Coach Wineberg also coached UC stand-out Jasmine Cotton to conference titles and All-American status in the high jump and pentathlon and he also assisted high jump school record holder Rene Hein during her years on the team.
Wineberg was a two-time conference champion in the decathlon at UC and an All-American in 2004. He holds the school record in the decathlon with a score of 7,584. He graduated from Cincinnati in 2004 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Following his collegiate career, he competed for two seasons at the national level and placed as high as fifth at the U.S Indoor Championships in the heptathlon. While training and competing at the national level, Wineberg also served as a volunteer coach at UC.
Chris is married to former UC 400-meter standout and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Mary Wineberg. During her professional career, he helped coach her and served as her training partner.
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