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Picone reflects on his career as LCSC Athletic Director

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They say all good things must come to an end, and the end was this past Friday for LCSC Athletic Director Gary Picone. Picone has been one of the staples for the college. Here’s his story.

Gary Picone has worn multiple hats in the Lewis-Clark State College program. He started out as an outfielder for the Warriors in 1972.

Picone said, "It was life changing for me didn't really realize at the time, I thought it was just a good opportunity to play college baseball."

After his playing career, he transitioned into coaching. In 1976 he was on the coaching staff of the first Warriors team to ever quality for the NAIA World Series. And for him, the message to the rest of the baseball world was loud and clear.

"But really, that first team getting there, sent a message that a team in Lewiston, Idaho could compete nationally in the NAIA baseball world."

Fast forward to 1991, where Picone became the athletic director, the first time around. In 1999, he helped bring back the NAIA World Series back to Lewiston, saying the process is more about the community.

"We always lean on the community support as our number-one reason as to why it should be here,” said Picone.

In 2006 he returned as athletic director until this year. Going forward we asked if he had some advice for his successor, and this is what he had to say.

Picone said, "Oh, I don't know if I had advice for Brooke. I mean, Brooke knows exactly what she needs to do going forward. I'm just completely confident I’m just anxious to see what happens."

Brooke Cushman will fill Picone’s shoes as the new athletic director.

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