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TOM PINKSTON RETURNS TO PRATTVILLE
July 2, 2014By Jimmy White of Prattville High School
PINKSTON WILL COACH RUNNING BACKS FOR LIONS; WAS
BILL CLARK'S OFFENSINVE COORDINATOR FOR 4 YEARS
The metamorphosis of Tom Pinkston is now complete. Pinkston who coached quarterbacks for coach Bill Clark from 2000 until 2003 is now back on the staff of the Prattville Lions.
“I decided to get back into class 6A football after spending four years at Highland Home. I really enjoyed my time in Highland Home, but it is a big difference in Class 6A football and Class 2A. Coach Anderson approached me about coaching running backs here at Prattville. I felt it was time to return to class 6A football,” Pinkston said.
Prattville, of course, now has moved to the largest classification of class 7A.
While head coach of the Flying Squadron Pinkston guided the Squadron to a 24-19 record. He took over a program that had a 1-19 record in the previous two years.
In his first year Highland Home went 6-5 and advanced to the class 2A playoffs. Highland Home also broke a 16-game losing streak in his first year. His best season was 2012 when Highland Home went to the quarterfinals and posted an 8-4 record.
While calling the offensive plays at Prattville, the Lions went 55-6. The Lions earned playoff spots each season, but were unable to make the championship game.
Prattville went to the semifinals in 2002, falling to Jeff Davis, to the quarterfinals in 2003 falling to Vigor; quarterfinals lost to Daphne, and a first round defeat in Mobile at the hands of Murphy.
Following the 2003 season his old friend Duane McWhorter became head coach at Jeff Davis, and Pinkston joined the Volunteer staff.
Pinkston began his coaching career under Spence McCracken, one of the most successful high school coaches in the area at Robert E. Lee. He followed McCracken to Opelika. Pinkston Returned to Montgomery to make a stop at Lee with Jimmy Perry.
Pinkston also coached with Larry Ware at Carver High School, and Ben Blackmon (one of his former players at Lee) at Greenville.
Pinkston also got two years experience as the Lions head boys’ basketball coach while at Prattville. Pinkston took over after Owen Butts left the Lions program for Pelham.