SHERIDAN — Sheridan College has just about wrapped up quite a successful year in athletics. However, an integral piece of that puzzle will not return in the fall.
Athletic director Jenni Winter and her family are set to move to Boone, Iowa, as Winter’s husband Brad accepted a job as an elementary school principle.
“It’s definitely mixed emotions, but we’ve always loved the Midwest and always said we wanted to live there someday,” Jenni Winter said. “… It’s certainly not easy, and it was a very difficult decision for our family. But we kind of feel like it was time to try something new.”
Winter’s last day is June 29, at which point she will have nearly completed three years as athletic director at both Sheridan and Gillette Colleges. Winter competed as a Lady General in her collegiate playing days. Winter’s background, coupled with her effort at both universities, make replacing her even more difficult.
“Those are big shoes to fill for sure,” SC women’s basketball head coach Ryan Davis said. “She worked at Gillette and Sheridan and played at Sheridan College. I don’t know how they’re going to find someone that had as much familiarity as Jenni had.
“That’ll be really hard to replace.”
Sheridan College plans to keep the same structure it had with Winter in place, hiring an AD to look over both campuses. The administration doesn’t want to combine athletic director duties with any other position like at other junior colleges in the area.
Winter has lived her entire life in the area and called her athletic director title a dream job. But the opportunity to chase another dream proved too great, and in its wake Winter will miss many things about her athletic-centric life.
“The relationships you build with the student-athletes, obviously, sticks in my mind as one of the best things about my job,” Winter said. “I’ve had some amazing friendships and relationships with coaches in those three years.”
Winter hopes to stay in the athletic arena and get a job at Iowa State University in nearby Ames, Iowa, but she’ll miss Sheridan, and that feeling will be reciprocated throughout the SC athletic department.