|Title:||Assistant Coach/Strong Safeties|
Marcus Winters ended a standout playing career in 2018, but will remain on the Thunder sidelines as an assistant coach and work with the strong safeties in the fall of 2019.
Winters was not only one of the best players in the defensive secondary in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association, but also among all of NCAA Division III as a multi-time All-American and Cliff Harris Award Finalist. Winters was also back-to-back MIAA "Defensive Player of the Year" both in 2017 and 2018. As a four-year starter, Winters helped Trine to consecutive undefeated regular seasons (10-0) during his junior and senior seasons as well as two straight MIAA Championships. In 2017, Trine posted a school record tying 11 wins (11-1 overall) and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III National Tournament. During his career as a student-athlete, the Thunder posted a 33-10 record (76.7 win percentage).
Winters earned All-American status by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) on two occasions (2017 and 2018), both second-team picks. He was also named second-team D3football.com All-American as a senior. Additionally, Winters was a three-time D3football.com All-Great Lakes Region honoree and was a first-team selection in 2018. Adding to his list of awards and to go along with his consecutive MIAA "Defensive MVP" accolades, Winters was a three-time first-team All-MIAA award winner.
For his career, Winters totaled 134 tackles (103 solo and 31 assists), including six tackles for loss. In addition, he had three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a blocked kick. Winters leaves his name in the Trine record books as the program's all-time leader in career interceptions with 21, including a school single-season record tying eight INTs in 2016. Two of his career interceptions were returned for touchdowns which tied him for the all-time program lead. Additionally, Winters ranks second all-time in passes defended with 45.
Winters not only made an impact in the defensive secondary during his career, but also on special teams as a punt returner. In 33 career attempts, Winters averaged 18.8 yards per return for 622 yards with four career returns for touchdowns. Two of those touchdowns came in 2018 setting a single-season record. Winters ended his career as the program leader in punt return yards (622), punt return TD (four) and punt return average (18.9).
In addition to playing football, Winters is also an accomplished basketball player. In 2018-19, Winters was tabbed the MIAA "Defensive MVP" as the Thunder captured their first conference title since joining the MIAA as regular-season champions. Winters posted 36 steals during the season which was the second highest on the team and sixth best in the MIAA. Winters was also fourth in rebounds with 121 (31 offensive and 90 defensive) and averaged 5.5 rebounds per game to rank second on the team. In two career seasons, Winters averaged 4.7 points per game, 5.1 rebounds per game and had 48 steals in 40 total games.
Winters will graduate from Trine in the winter of 2019 with a degree in general studies.