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NKU men win third straight as Norse honor all-time winningest coaches

Ken Shields looks up at his new banner at Truist Arena. NKU put up banners at Truist Arena for legendary head coaches Ken Shields and Nancy Winstel Jan. 20, 2024.

On a day the Northern Kentucky basketball programs honored their history, the men’s basketball team continued to build momentum in the present with its third-straight victory.

NKU defeated Green Bay 74-52 Saturday night in front of 4,935 fans at Truist Arena to improve to 11-9, 6-3 in the Horizon League.

After the game, the players and coaches posed for pictures with Ken Shields, NKU’s all-time leader in men’s basketball wins with 306. Shields and former NKU women’s basketball coach Nancy Winstel were honored for their careers Saturday by having banners put in the rafters at Truist Arena.

Shields led the Norse to two NCAA Division II national runner-up finishes, and Winstel won two national championships and 636 games overall.

“Let me say how great it was to see such a good crowd come out and honor two NKU legends,” head coach Darrin Horn said. “You’re talking about two people that literally put us on the map and are the reason that we’re here today, that we have a Division I program and this arena. And I think even more than that, if you know anything about both of them, the impact they’ve had on people in general, people all over this area in Northern Kentucky. I’m so happy to see them honored in the way that they deserve.”

NKU women’s basketball head coach Camryn Volz talked about Winstel’s legacy after the Norse lost 90-83 to Wright State Saturday.

“Nancy’s a great mentor,” Volz said. “She’s been in my seat before, and so she knows the ups and downs of coaching, and obviously she knows how to win. She is a huge advocate for me and for our program and I can’t say enough how much I appreciate her. Just seeing her in the stands every night and continuing to support us. She loves this place. She never left. And I just think in the world we’re living in now, there’s a lot to be said for…


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Author : Cincinnati.com | The Enquirer

Publish date : 2024-01-21 05:10:43

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