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Dan Winberry
Dan Winberry

Piggott, Ark.

Last College:
Illinois State

Chief Statistician

The 2005 Campbell "Stretch" Miller Award winner is Dan Winberry. The award is named for Miller, a Redbird student-athlete who went on to broadcast Illinois State games in the 1940s before joining the St. Louis Cardinals broadcasting team. The award named in his honor celebrates the contributions of those whose main services were not playing or coaching, but important to the program's success.

Winberry has been a staple for 26 years as the chief statistician in the Hancock Stadium press box or along press row in Redbird Arena and Horton Field House. As an Illinois State student, Winberry's passion for Redbird Athletics developed at his first football game as a freshman in 1969. His statistics hobby originated when he began recording points and fouls in the game program. His talents took the big stage when the Piggott, Ark., native was introduced to then-sports information director Roger Cushman, who was short-staffed on a men's basketball game night in 1979. Winberry recorded steals and turnovers that evening and when the game was finished, Cushman asked him to become a regular on the stats crew.

In 1980, Cushman's successor, Tom Lamonica, asked Winberry to join the football stat crew and he added women's basketball in 1983. Since his introduction to the world of Redbird statistics, Winberry has only missed a combined six home games between the three sports.

The 1973 Illinois State graduate has worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Bloomington, Ill., since 1971. He started as a part-time postal assistant while attending school, and, upon graduation was hired as a distribution clerk. In 1980, he was promoted to training technician, a position he currently holds, as he coordinates and conducts various training for the Postal Service.