PIKEVILLE, Ky. – In the entire history of the program, he has missed a total of four football games. He is the voice of the Bears for all home basketball contests. Clearly, Charlie Pinson is an integral part of the athletics department at the University of Pikeville.
On Tuesday afternoon, he learned the entire Mid-South Conference appreciates him as well when he was named the league’s Media Member of the Year.
It’s the second time Pinson has been so honored, having also taken the title for the 2006-07 school year.
“Charlie is a Bear through and through,” said Dr. Reginald F. Overton, director of athletics at Pikeville. “He is very deserving of this honor and we’re thrilled for him. We appreciate his efforts both personally and professionally on behalf of our institution.”
On a daily basis, no one works closer with Pinson than the sports information director.
“We’re fortunate to have several members of the media who are generous both with their time and their allotted space; it’s one of the best things we have going for us in our community,” said Rick Bentley, sports information director at UPIKE. “Charlie is certainly a leader in that regard.
“Charlie is as beneficial to me as anyone at the school. In our travels, he’s like having an assistant on site. It’s not uncommon for him to help me set up or break down equipment, share stats and offer any help I may need. I’m very pleased the rest of the Mid-South Conference is also appreciative of his efforts as well.”
Pinson, who is the owner of Charlie Pinson Insurance located in downtown Pikeville, was pleased with the honor.
“It has been great year at UPIKE. Along with the transition from college to university status we have had growth and success from our sports programs,” said Pinson, who can often be found in the crowd at Bears’ events he isn’t telecasting. “This award from the SID's of the MSC caps off a great year. I want to thank the league for this honor and GO Bears!”
“In addition to being a staunch supporter of our programs, Charlie does a great job on the air,” said Coach Bill Watson, head coach of women’s basketball. “He has the best interest of our student-athletes at heart, and that’s very important for our community and our school. We value his efforts, but most importantly we cherish his friendship.”
Pinson’s award was announced at the league’s summer meeting, held Monday and Tuesday in Georgetown. It was one of three individual honors presented. In addition, Chris Wells of Lindsey Wilson was named winner of the Bill Sergent Award as SID of the Year, while Lindsey’s Willis Pooler and Cumberland’s Randy Vernon were named Co-ADs of the Year.
Mid-South Conference Commissioner Steve Baker, who announced the honors, was pleased to recognize the group for their efforts and dedication to the league.
"I would like to congratulate Willis, Randy, Chris and Charlie for earning their respective honors," Baker said. "I'm grateful for their service to the MSC and all of our administrators, coaches and student-athletes to continue to make the Mid-South Conference the top conference in the NAIA."