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Head coach Marv Dunphy adds Pepperdine alum Jonathan Winder to coaching staff.
Four-time AVCA All-American Jonathan Winder returns for his second season with the Waves in 2015 after joining the coaching staff in June of 2013.
Winder not only led the Waves to an NCAA Championship title in 2005 as a freshman, he went on to play professionally and for the U.S. Men's National Team. As a member of the national team from 2007-12, he competed for the Red, White and Blue at several Pan American Cup, FIVB World Championship and NORCECA events. In 2008, he led Team USA to a gold medal at the Pan American Cup in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
He also played in several professional leagues in France, Germany, Greece and Romania from 2008-12.
"Jonathan has played at the highest level and has a great feel for the game. I believe he has an even better feel for how to connect with people and especially young people," said head coach Marv Dunphy about his latest hire.
Prior to Winder's latest appointment, he served as the Pepperdine athletic department's academic coordinator.
"It was a great opportunity to work in that capacity," said Winder. "I loved working with all of Pepperdine's student-athletes and I learned so much about the academic and compliance side of a department.
"This is dream job," continued Winder. "Marv is one of the best coaches the world has ever known. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to work with and learn from him.
"The best thing about coaching is that I get to choose the people I go through life with," said Dunphy of his former setter. "Working with someone like Jon every day is a gift."
Winder was the 2005 AVCA Newcomer of the Year after leading the Waves to the national championship with wins over Ohio State and UCLA. His rookie season resume also includes All-NCAA Tournament Team honors, AVCA All-American second team recognition, MPSF Freshman of the Year and a spot on the All-MPSF third team roster.
He was an All-MPSF third team selection again in 2006 before upgrading to the first team as a junior and senior. In the AVCA awards, Winder was a second-team All-American for a second time in 2006 before snagging a spot on the first team in 2007 and 2008. Just 11 total players to date have earned AVCA All-American status all four season, including three Waves. In addition to Winder, Brad Keenan (2000-03) and Sean Rooney (2002-05) were four-time winners.
In 2007 as a junior, Winder became Pepperdine's fifth AVCA National Player of the Year after leading the Waves to a first-place finish in the MPSF regular season standings. Pepperdine concluded the season with a 26-3 (.897) record - the third-best winning percentage in program history - after reaching the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.
Winder marched Pepperdine back to the NCAA Tournament finals in 2008 before falling to Penn State. Once again, he was named to the all-tournament team.
In addition to holding the Pepperdine record for career assists with 5,118, Winder also ranks fifth all-time with 656 digs.
"I'm really excited to coach, lead and mentor the kids that come through this program, and hopefully make a positive impact on their lives," Winder said. "It is one of the main reasons I stopped playing."
He graduated with a degree in advertising in 2008 and was named a CoSIDA Academic All-American the same year. Winder is married to Jaimie-Rose, a fellow 2008 Pepperdine graduate. The two currently reside in Santa Monica.