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Natalie Winkelfoos

Inducted in 2015

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Natalie was an outstanding athlete at Bucyrus High School. She scored over 1,000 points in basketball, the first boy or girl to accomplish that fete, and was an All-Ohioan in both basketball and softball. Natalie played basketball for the Baldwin Wallace Yellow Jackets and led her team to a 100-17 record in the four years she played under Coach Cheri Harrer. Natalie played in three NCAA tournaments and two All- OAC and OAC tournaments, and was team captain. Winkelfoos set a record for three point shots and was sixth all time in steals.

After graduating from BW, Natalie received a masterís degree in higher education administration and student personnel at Kent State University.

Natalie has been on the staff at Oberlin College since 2005. She served as associate director of athletics for development and alumni relations and worked as the departmentís senior womenís administrator.

She also served on the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Diversity Committee with conference presidents and the executive director to create a conference-wide program to mentor females and minorities. She was part of a working group that produced Oberlinís first ever varsity student-athlete transgender inclusion policy. Natalie served as interim director of athletics a couple of times. The Women in Sports and Events (WISE) organization have recognized her as an industry influencer.

In 2012, Natalie was hired as the Delta Lodge Director of Athletics and Physical Education. She is the first female athletic director overseeing both men and womenís sports. She is now a member of the presidentís senior staff. To date, she has been instrumental in raising approximately $30 million for Oberlin College Athletics. This includes an $8 million gift, the largest gift to Oberlin Athletics in history, to help fund the Austin E. Knowlton Athletics Complex that opened a year ago. She has also procured funds that will reshape Oberlinís health and wellness facilities in the near future. She has a proven record for generating annual support for the department, too. Natalie inherited a department that is part of a $15 million capital campaign which works with the office of development.

Natalie and her partner have a son, Griffin.