Picone is named Director of
Auxiliary Services at LCSC
Idaho -- Gary Picone, assistant baseball
coach and former athletic director at
Lewis-Clark State College, has been named
Director of Auxiliary Services at the
institution, President Dene K. Thomas
Picone has a long history with the school,
dating back to 1972 when he enrolled at the
institution and join the LCSC baseball team
as an outfielder for coach Ramon Hooker.
Picone takes over the same duties and
responsibilities Jamie White had, including
being the Director of the NAIA World Series.
White announced his resignation last month,
which takes effect at the end of August.
"I'm excited with the opportunity and look
forward to working with the athletic
department, the community and the NAIA,"
Thomas praises Picone for his knowledge and
experience, not only with the LCSC athletic
department, but with the Series as well.
"Gary recognizes the importance of the
Series and knows what not only is best for
the NAIA, but for all the teams that
participate," Thomas says. "We will continue
with a tournament that promotes goodwill for
all the teams participating. Gary is going
from being a first-hand baseball advocate to
being the tournament director. I see nothing
but positives with this move."
After his college playing days and five
years of playing with the Canadian National
Team, Picone joined the Warriors' coaching
staff, which included the 1976 season, the
first season LCSC qualified to participate
in the NAIA World Series.
In 1980, he left LCSC to teach and coach in
Canada. He returned in 1983 as the Warriors
pitching coach. In 1989, the Trail, British
Columbia, native was the executive director
of the British Columbia Amateur Baseball
Association, but returned to LCSC in 1991 as
athletic director, a position he served for
While athletic director, Picone helped bring
the Series back to Lewiston. The Series had
previously been held in Lewiston during
1983-91, but then jumped around between four
sites before returning to Lewiston in 1999.
The Series is under contract to remain here
at least through 2009.
Picone left as athletic director in 2000 to
become pitching coach at Washington State
University under new coach Tim Mooney. He
spent two seasons there before returning to
LCSC as pitching coach in 2002. In the fall
of 2003, Picone was involved with the
Canadian Olympic Team, serving as head coach
during international play in Cuba.
"I look forward to working with the NAIA and
the national tournament and help it to
continue to grow," Picone says.
This years tournament set an all-time Series
attendance record with more than 43,000 fans
witnessing the week-long 10-team
double-elimination tournament. A Harris
Field record-crowd of 5,480 watched the
Warriors defeat Cumberland 5-4 in 11 innings
to capture the school's 14th Series title in
the last 22 years.
Picone assumes the new duties effective