After 20 years at Colby-Sawyer College, Ed Winters embarks on a new challenge as the athletic director of NHTI

  • Ed Winters recently took over as the new athletic director at NHTI after spending two decades working in athletics at Colby-Sawyer College. —Courtesy

  • NHTI offers six women's sports, five men's sports and two co-ed sports. Winters emphasized the importance of providing equally fulfilling experiences to all of their student-athletes. —Courtesy

Monitor staff
Published: 11/26/2022 10:47:42 AM

Ed Winters began a new journey last Monday.

After working in athletics in various capacities at Colby-Sawyer College for the last 20 years, Winters took over as the new athletic director of NHTI – Concord’s Community College. He replaces Paul Hogan, who retired over the summer after more than 20 years as the athletic director and men’s basketball coach.

At Colby-Sawyer, Winters was the assistant director of athletics and the assistant director of recreational sports.

It’s very early in his tenure, but so far he said the athletic offerings and operations closely mirror what you might see at smaller four-year colleges and universities. He credits his predecessor for laying the foundation.

“Prior to Paul getting here, they had a history of athletics, but what he did was he elevated them, added things that you see at Division III or Division II institutions, such as announcing, formalized rosters, websites,” Winters said. “Everything you see at other places that had full-time people or had bigger budgets he started doing long ago, so this has been in place here for decades with Paul’s help.”

NHTI offers five men’s sports (baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, track and field), six women’s sports (basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, track and field, volleyball) and two co-ed sports (golf, e-sports).

Although students will only spend two years there, Winters is committed to continuing to provide a comprehensive student-athlete experience.

“To be able to balance the academic workload and still do athletics at the college level is a big deal,” he said. “Some employers look at that. They know that if you did both of those and you did them well, you’re going to be ready for the workforce. You’ve already learned about time management, conflict resolution, group dynamics.

“There’s a lot to be said for someone that’s gone through the college experience doing athletics and taking care of their academic workload.”

All of the coaching positions at NHTI are part-time, and coaches must juggle building practice schedules around their athletes who are already managing classwork and, possibly, other on-campus or off-campus jobs.

It’s often a six-day-a-week affair, sometimes with two games and four practices per week.

As he looks at continuing to build on what NHTI athletics offer, Winters pointed to focusing on making sure that each sport receives equal treatment. That means the same level of preparation from event staff, player introductions over the PA system and making it an overall positive experience for the student-athletes.

“At the end of their two years here, we want to ask them, ‘If you could do it over again, would you?’ We want them to say, ‘Yes,’ ” Winters said. “We want to make sure that they’re telling their story to other people, their great successes here at NHTI.”

And while Winters works to make NHTI a place where the student-athletes can make lifelong memories and develop foundational relationships, he’s already come to understand the unique opportunities Concord’s community college can provide.

“It already feels like home,” he said. “My sister was a former coach here, and she’s in the athletic hall of fame, so I’ve been around the place for quite awhile and known about it, but I’m just very excited to be here.”

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