Stephen Winters

Owner/Founder San Diego Sharks 

Mr. Winters, a native of Wichita, Kansas, demonstrated exceptional skills in varsity and high-level AAU basketball. Driven by his profound passion for the sport, Stephen chose the path of coaching. He enrolled at the University of Kansas, where he had the invaluable opportunity to intern under the esteemed coach Roy Williams during his first year. Eventually, Stephen completed his studies and graduated with a BA in Communication, accompanied by a minor in Coaching. In 2010, he furthered his academic pursuits and obtained an MBA from Ashford University.

In 2011, Coach Stephen embarked on a transformative journey by establishing the San Diego Sharks, which have since grown to become one of Southern California’s largest and most successful club programs. during this, he acquired two years of invaluable experience as the head varsity coach at NUA, where he played a pivotal role in building a thriving program from the ground up. Following this accomplishment, Stephen served as an assistant coach under Coach Kenny Cesar at Mater Dei Catholic for three years, leading the team to the semi-finals of the Open Division. In the summer of 2018, Coach Winters assumed the position of head coach at the struggling O’Farrell Charter program, and over the course of three years, he achieved an impressive record of 60-19. Under his leadership, the Falcons secured a League title and reached the CIF Semi-finals.

In 2021, Coach Winters was hailed by the Times of San Diego as one of the Top Ten Most Underrated Local Coaches. Then, in 2022, San Diego Basketball Reviews also honored him as a leading figure in college recruiting.

 Stephen Winters brings an extensive wealth of basketball knowledge and experience to the San Diego basketball community. His contagious passion and unwavering enthusiasm for the game have a profound impact on all those he interacts with.