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Gerry Pinkston


Class of 1995 

Central Oklahoma: 1976 - 1997

Pinkston Question and Answer (Written 2008)


Biography:

Gerry Pinkston, former softball coach at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO), was inducted into the NFCA Hall of Fame in 1995. 

Pinkston started her softball-coaching career at UCO in 1975 and also was the school's volleyball coach for seven years. During her 22-year softball-coaching career at the institution, she compiled a 418-271-1 record, with 12 of her players named All-American. She was awarded the National Girls and Women in Sports Pathfinder Award.

A 1971 graduate of Oklahoma State, Pinkston went on to earn a Master's degree from Central Oklahoma in 1975 and a Doctor of Education from Oklahoma State in 1982. Besides her coaching duties, Pinkston taught at OCU from 1975 to 2006 and earned numerous teaching honors including:

  • UCO PanHellenic Outstanding Educator Award (2003);
  • UCO John Kessler Spirit Award for commitment and dedication (2003);
  • UCO AAUP Excellence in Teaching Award (2004);
  • Oklahoma State University College of Education Hall of Fame (2004).

Pinkston has always been involved in professional and governing organizations, and held many leadership positions in the NAIA, NCAA Division II and AIAW, including AIAW state president in 1982. She helped her institution transition from DGWS to AIAW in the late 1970's, to NAIA in 1983, and to NCAA Division II in 1990.

Although retired, she continues to stay active on the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and the Oklahoma Fit Kids Coalition.