For 42 years, Verne Pinkston has been at home behind the scorer's table as the official scorekeeper for the Lincolnwood High School boys basketball program. On Friday, Nov. 22, Pinkston was asked to step away from his familiar spot for some exciting news.
Surrounded by his family at half court of his alma mater, Pinkston received word that he will be inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
"In my seven years as the varsity basketball coach at Lincolnwood, we have played in 214 games and Verne has only missed two games," Coach Matt Millburg said of Pinkston's dedication to the program. "They were road games and he was at a 'March for Life' event in Washington D.C., volunteering his services there."
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.
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 will retire from in 2020 after 37 years.
Pinkson also coached and umpired youth baseball and Pony League teams for many years.
Pinkston joins his friend, the late Terry Todt, in the IBCA Hall of Fame. Todt was inducted into the media group of the hall of fame in 2001.
The 2020 IBCA Hall of Fame Banquet will be held on Saturday, May 2, at Redbird Arena in Normal.