Former Lewis-Clark State College athletic director Gary Picone has been named the 2020 Frontier Conference’s recipient of the Ron “Swede” Kenison Award for his service.
The award was established by FC presidents, athletic directors and the commissioner to honor an individual for outstanding contributions that have been made to the conference over a long period of time.
Picone had two stints as athletic director at LC State and also was head baseball coach and a long-time assistant baseball coach at the college. He retired in 2017 but remains active with the college and serves on the Warrior Athletic Association Board of Directors.
A former outfielder for LC in the early 1970’s, Picone returned to LC State in 1991 when he was named athletic director. He served in the position until 2001 when he was hired as an assistant baseball coach at Washington State University. He returned to LC as athletic director in 2006, and later served as both athletic director and head baseball coach during the 2011 and ’12 seasons.
While athletic director, Picone helped the Avista NAIA World Series return to Lewiston in 1999. He also secured a successful title partner in Avista and led numerous capital improvement projects, including new lighting, installation of a new digital scoreboard, enhanced grandstand seating and stadium façade. (Lewis-Clark State College, Frontier Conference)