Mike Winiecki is in his third season as an assistant coach for the men's basketball program, and his first season as Clemson's associate head coach. Winiecki, who followed Brad Brownell from Wright State to Clemson in 2010, was named associate head coach prior to the beginning of the 2012-13 season. Winiecki is in charge of instructing Clemson's post players.
“Mike has done an excellent job here at Clemson,” Brownell said. “He has a great deal of experience at this level, and is highly respected in the coaching community. He has been instrumental in the development of our post players, and is well deserving of this title.”
Winiecki showed why Brownell was high on him in his first season with the program. He helped the Tigers to a 22-12 final record, including a 9-7 mark in the ACC. Clemson advanced to the NCAA Tournament a fourth straight season and won its first-round game over UAB, 70-52. It was Clemson's first NCAA Tournament win in 14 years.
The 6-foot-8 Winiecki had a major impact on Clemson's frontcourt players in year one of the Brownell era. He coached Jerai Grant to All-ACC Defensive Team honors. Grant led the team and was third in the ACC in blocks per game. He also improved his scoring average from 7.2 points per game as a junior to 12.4 as a senior under Winiecki's watch.
A pair of rising seniors, Devin Booker and Milton Jennings, have also had high individual moments in 2010-11 and 2011-12 under Winiecki's teaching. Both players increased their minutes per game, points per game and rebounds per game as sophomores and juniors. Both will be looked upon as leaders in 2012-13 for a young Tiger basketball team.
Booker was third on the 2011-12 team with an average of 10.5 points per game, and led the Tigers on the boards with 7.0 rebounds per game. Jennings finished the year strong, averaging 11.3 points per game over Clemson's final nine contests.
Winiecki was instrumental in the development of 7-foot-2 center Catalin Baciu, a senior in 2011-12. Rarely used prior to Brownell's arrival, Baciu accounted for 68 percent of his career points his senior season alone and led the Tigers with a .581 field goal percentage.
Winiecki signed Devin Coleman, a member of Clemson's five-man signing class for 2011-12. Coleman played in the 2011 Capital Classic and was arguably the Tigers' most consistent freshman toward the latter stages of the 2011-12 season. He led Clemson with 15 points in its final game, an ACC Tournament contest with Virginia Tech.
Winiecki is a familiar name from the Brownell coaching tree. He brought 18 years of coaching experience at the Division I level with him to Clemson.
He served as an assistant coach alongside Brownell under Jerry Wainwright at UNC Wilmington from 1998-2002. During that four-year stretch, Winiecki helped the Seahawks to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances and a pair of Colonial Athletic Association championships (2000, 2002).
Winiecki spent each of the past three seasons with Brownell at Wright State. In three years with the Raiders' program, Winiecki helped the school to an 84-45 overall record. Wright State finished each of the last three regular seasons with a 12-6 record in the Horizon League.
A native of Richmond, VA and graduate of the University of Richmond, Winiecki coached at his alma mater on three separate occasions. His first job was as a graduate assistant in 1992-93 under Dick Tarrant.
After spending a year overseas playing in Portugal, Winiecki returned to Richmond in 1994 for three seasons as an assistant coach to Bill Dooley. Prior to his stint with UNC Wilmington, Winiecki spent two years as an assistant coach at Campbell (1996-98) before returning to coach his alma mater from 2002-05. He also was an assistant coach for two seasons at Boston University (2005-07).
Winiecki enjoyed a standout collegiate career with the Spider basketball program. He was a member of two NCAA Tournament teams (1986, 1988) and was All-Colonial in 1988-89 after averaging 17.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.
He finished his playing career with 1,031 points and helped Richmond's 1988 team to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament as a No. 13 seed. Winiecki and his teammates defeated fourth-seeded Indiana and fifth-seeded Georgia Tech in the "Big Dance" that year.
A native of Buffalo, NY, Winiecki graduated from Monacan High School in Richmond, where he earned All-State honors as a senior after averaging 23.0 points and 11.4 rebounds per game.
Winiecki is engaged to Marquita Brown. He proposed on the Spanish Steps in Rome during Clemson’s 10-day tour of Italy this past August.