Winkler has spent the past decade leading Charleston Southern, building the Buccaneers into a Big South contender. He totaled a program-record 261 wins with the Buccaneers and guided them to their first NCAA Tournament berth in 2014. He also has experience in the pro game as a former head coach and assistant in the National Pro Fastpitch league.
"I am excited to welcome Shane to the GW Family," Vogel said. "His plan to build a program based on discipline and respect fits in extraordinarily well with our values.
"His experience at Charleston Southern is marked by his commitment to student-athlete welfare and the development of leaders on and off the field, while his vision for excellence is in line with ours as we will immediately compete for Atlantic 10 Championships and make a move on the national level."
A former Division I college and professional baseball player, Winkler made his mark at Charleston Southern with three 30-win seasons and two Big South Championship final appearances highlighted by their breakthrough victory in 2014.
The Buccaneers, who hadn't been to a Big South final in two decades prior to his arrival, claimed the conference title that year with a win over top-seeded Coastal Carolina before advancing to the Knoxville NCAA Regional. They ranked in the top 10 in the nation in home runs in 2017 and this past season, they were one of just two clubs in the country, along with national champion Florida State, to rank in the top 30 in both home runs and steals
"I am proud and honored to be the next head softball coach at George Washington," Winkler said. "I would like to thank Tanya Vogel and Chandra Bierwirth for this incredible opportunity to lead the Colonial softball program.
"It's obvious that GW provides an outstanding student-athlete experience, and I'm looking forward to meeting the student-athletes and building a championship culture here. The future is extremely bright for GW softball, and I'm ready to get to work."
Winkler's Charleston Southern teams produced 35 All-Big South honorees, including five in the 2018 season. In addition, the Buccaneers were honored with their first ever NFCA All-Region pick last spring.
On the baseball field, Winkler was an outfielder who played collegiately at Illinois Central College, Purdue