TCU To Hire George Washington’s James Winchester As New Head Coach

TCU will fill its swim coaching vacancy by pulling James Winchester from Atlantic 10 power George Washington University. Winchester tweeted a goodbye letter today to his George Washington team, and sources say he will be announced as the new TCU coach shortly.

Winchester has only been at George Washington for three years, but has been a very fast riser in the coaching ranks. A swimming alum of Louisville, Winchester was an assistant with Division II Drury University and at the University of New Orleans before he took over head coaching duties at New Orleans in 2010. Winchester would eventually move to the University of Utah in an assistant coaching capacity in 2012, and was hired on as George Washington’s head coach in 2015.

In his three years there, Winchester’s men’s team won the program’s first two Atlantic 10 titles. Prior to Winchester’s tenure, George Washington had only had two individual men ever invited to NCAAs. Winchester had an NCAA qualifier in all three years, with Andrea Bolognesi in 2016 and 2017 and Gustav Hokfelt this past season.

TCU hired Sam Busch to be its head coach just 8 months ago, taking over for 38-year coaching veteran Richard SybesmaBut Busch was placed on administrative leave during this past season – his first as head coach – and resigned shortly after. Recent reports suggest that Busch was going to be fired, and sources have given SwimSwam conflicting reports that the team was either suspended for the remainder of the semester or that workouts have been made optional.

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A non-e mouse
3 years ago

Best of luck to him, he can’t do much worse than his predecessor at least!

swimmmer
3 years ago

class dude. He’s done well everywhere he’s been. he’ll do it again.

Coach
3 years ago

Who are Tanya and Tom referenced in his letter to his team? ADs?

Coach
Reply to  Coach
3 years ago

What am I missing?

Yooz
Reply to  Coach
3 years ago

Tanya Vogel is the newly appointed AD, I am sure they are administrative heads who have provided him with the foundation to recruit exceptional athletes.

Sympathetic Swimmer
3 years ago

Poor Meghan Burton. She just transferred into George Washington. Such a shame.

Notaswimmer
Reply to  Sympathetic Swimmer
3 years ago

Unfortunate yes, but all swimmers should choose school and program for their own merits , not just for head coach.

Swim chick
Reply to  Notaswimmer
3 years ago

Why did she transfer from AZ State into GW?

JimSwim
Reply to  Notaswimmer
3 years ago

Hahahaha!

JimSwim
Reply to  JimSwim
3 years ago

To clarify I was not laughing at the swimmer who transferred rather at the idea that swimmers shouldn’t choose schools based on the coach and team

CoachWhoKnowz
3 years ago

Phenomenal coach and even better person! Do big things James

Rich
3 years ago

I had the pleasure of working with him in NOLA. Great things are in that program’s future. I am already telling my rising seniors to seriously look at TCU. Congrats James!

SinkorSwim
3 years ago

TCU headed in a new and promising direction, thankful the administration is committed to the student athletes of Men and Women Swimming.

Nick Carlson
3 years ago

Everyone should transfer now !

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