Debby Winder of Stephenville has been chosen as the Texas High School Coaches Association’s Trainer of the Year for 2018.
Winder, wife of Stephenville High School head football coach Greg Winder, was named recently as the recipient of the award, which will be presented on July 21 during the THSCA Hall of Honor Banquet in San Antonio.
Winder will receive the award there, along with the other 2018 THSCA award winners. The Hall of Honor inductees for 2018 — Joe Clements, Wally Freytag, Alan Weddell, Allen Wilson and Robert Woods — will also be honored at the banquet.
This is the third year Debby Winder has been assistant athletic trainer for SHS, and her 19th year working in the profession. She came to Stephenville from Justin, where she had been an athletic trainer at Northwest High School. Prior to that, she worked as an athletic trainer at high schools in Gilmer, Lewisville and Longview, and for the Odessa Jackalopes, a minor league hockey team.
“We were lucky to get her from Justin Northwest,” said SHS Head Athletic Trainer and Assistant Athletic Director Mike Carroll. “She has done a really great job with our kids, and she exceeds all of our expectations.
“She’s got a great rapport with the kids. They just kind of flock to her."
Debby Winder was one of the finalists from the eight THSCA regions, voted on by coaches, and was notified earlier this month. A committee made the final selection.
“It was an honor to get something like this,” she said. “I love working with kids, and I love athletics. When you get an award the coaches vote on, it tells you we appreciate what you do, and how you treat our athletes.”
LIKE HER OWN
Winder said she has three children who all played sports in school, and noted, “I try to treat every kid the way I would want my kids to be treated.”
Her son Taylor Casey played linebacker for the University of North Texas. Daughter Lindsey Casey played basketball for the University of Oklahoma, and was on the team that reached the national title game and lost to Connecticut. She later played for San Diego State University.
Son Tate Casey was drafted by the Minnesota Twins right out of high school to play Major League Baseball, but elected to attend the University of Florida as one of the nation’s top tight end recruits. He played one baseball season there, and four years of football — and was part of two national championship teams (2006 and 2008) as a tight end. He was also a member of Florida’s runner-up team at the NCAA College World Series in 2005.