Vice President for University Athletics and Athletics Director Ray Anderson announced Graham Winkworth as the new head coach of Sun Devil Women's Soccer in November of 2016.
Winkworth has spent the last four seasons transforming the South Alabama women's soccer program into one of the top mid-major programs in the country and an emerging national power. Under Winkworth's direction, South Alabama experienced a complete turnaround and continuously set school records and program bests including qualifying for four-straight NCAA postseason appearances, winning four straight Sun Belt Conference Championships, and earning the program's first top-25 national year-end ranking. A two-time Sun Belt Coach of the Year ('14, '15), Winkworth's student-athletes have a monopoly on the conference's top honors including four straight Sun Belt Freshmen of the Year, three Sun Belt Players of the Year, and three Sun Belt Defensive Players of the Year.
"I was impressed with Graham's skill at building and elevating programs everywhere he has coached," Anderson said. "He has a proven track record of results at every level of the sport and we are excited to bring someone with his degree of skill and expertise into the competitive Pac-12 Conference. Graham's vision for the program and his ability to recruit, both domestically and internationally, fit perfectly with the collective vision of Arizona State University and Sun Devil Athletics."
In his first season as head coach of the Jaguars, Winkworth guided South Alabama to its most wins (14) since 1997 and the second-most wins in school history only to set the new program record for most wins (19) in 2014. The 2014 South Alabama team also set school records for best winning percentage (.848), longest unbeaten streak (18), consecutive games scored (22) and shutouts (12). As evidence of South Alabama's transformation, in the five years prior to Winkworth's arrival, South Alabama had only one season with a finish above .500.
"I first would like to thank President Crow for providing me the opportunity to work at this prestigious University," Winkworth said. "I would also like to thank Mr. Anderson for showing the faith in me to lead the soccer program and belief in the goals we have set for the future of the program. Additionally, I'd like to thank Scottie Graham and Don Bocchi along with the rest of the search committee. They have shown me what it means to be a Sun Devil and to be a part of this family. I cannot wait to meet the student-athletes that make this program special and have the opportunity to coach them day in and day out."
Before South Alabama, Winkworth spent 10 seasons with North Alabama University, leading the Lions to a total of 111 wins, the most for a coach in school history. He also coached the program's first two All-Americans and led the program to its first NCAA postseason appearance.
Winkworth began his coaching career in England with the Preston North End Football Club as an assistant with the Center of Excellence. He also served as an assistant coach at Cumberland (Tenn.) and Central Arkansas before North Alabama.
Winkworth and his wife Jonna are parents to children Lucas, Caden, and Darbi.