A familiar face to Lincolnwood fans added another accolade to his trophy case this week as Verne Pinkston received the Class 1A/2A Friends of Athletics Award from Division 6 of the Illinois Athletic Directors Association.
Pinkston’s finger prints are all over Lincolnwood athletic programs since he returned to his alma mater as a teacher in 1978 after graduating from Illinois College. He served as athletic director from 2005 to 2012 and has been the boys and girls golf coach at Lincolnwood since 2012, coaching the boys to a regional title this past season.
For 42 years, Pinkston has been at home behind the scorer's table as the official scorekeeper for the Lincolnwood High School boys basketball program. Last November, it was announced that he would be inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, a well deserved honor that was first revealed to him at half court surrounded by his wife Tricia Pinkston and their family.
In addition to being a teacher and librarian in the Panhandle School District, Pinkston has also been an IHSA baseball umpire since 1978, having officiated a state tournament during his career, and helped start the Raymond Park Board, which he retired from in 2020 after 37 years. He also coached and umpired youth baseball and Pony League teams for many years.
Pinkston’s dedication to athletics and the athletes of the Panhandle School District over the last four-plus decades have made him more than worthy of receiving the honor from the IADA.