Mr. Pinkney, originally from Clarksville, played collegiately at Walters State and Bethel University. After earning his degree, he spent two years playing basketball professionally in Mexico and for several semi-pro teams in Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, and California.
Mr. Pinkney has been the club director at the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley for the past year, also while coaching the Webb School of Knoxville middle school girls basketball team and multiple AAU teams. He is also the founder and CEO of Ambition Sports.
“It’s an honor and a privilege for me to be at KCHS,” Mr. Pinkney said. “This is an opportunity of a lifetime; I’m excited and eager to bring something positive to the program.”
KCHS athletics director Jason Surlas added: “Coach Free is an outstanding fit here at Knoxville Catholic. His infectious energy and positivity, grouped with an enormous amount of basketball skill and knowledge, is exactly what our program needs. I wish the season could start tomorrow.”