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The People's Choice: West Hancock's Reno Pinkston

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West Hancock's Reno Pinkston led the Titans to 26 wins, and a regional championship in 2012-2013. West Hancock's Reno Pinkston led the Titans to 26 wins, and a regional championship in 2012-2013.

WARSAW, Ill. (WGEM) -- It wasn't 26 wins, a regional championship, and a near Super-Sectional berth that stood out the most to West Hancock head coach Reno Pinkston when he looked back at the 2012-2013 campaign.

Regardless of the amount of success in any given year the foundation starts in his relationships with the players.

"During the season you don't get a chance to appreciate things as much as you should, and if you're working as hard as we have to, those things are probably going to happen," Pinkston told WGEM Sports.

"The thing that hits me a week or two after its over is I start really appreciating the guys I got to coach."

From the outside looking in it's easy to believe that those building blocks of a program hinge on X's and O's.

At West Hancock that's only a small piece to the puzzle.

"Under this program you're held accountable for what you do," senior guard Austin Hardy expressed.

"That's helpful not only in basketball but in life, too. For four years here I was held accountable for my actions and it's changed my life."

According to senior forward Paxton Harmon, "(Pinkston) is into each and every play just as much as the players are. It's great to have a coach like that. He never takes any plays off, and neither do we, and that's strictly because of the way he coaches."

Hardy added: "That's not fake. That's all real. Whenever you're a player and you see a coach have that much passion it just makes you want to play that much harder for him."

For Pinkston, the relationship with his players are as strong as the program he has established.

"I've told them, if eating donuts and drinking chocolate milk is going to win us championships, I'd be buying the donuts and milk, but we know that's not going to do it," Pinkston said.

"We've got to get out there and put out the physical effort and mental effort."

With a state championship, countless 20-win seasons, and plenty of postseason hardware, what's left for Reno Pinkston to accomplish? Where does the fire still come from?

"The fire comes from a passion for the game, and the other thing is, you have to have kids that you enjoy being around," The People's Choice for WGEM Boys Basketball Coach of the Year said.

"If I want to keep doing this, I have to know I have kids who are committed to what I want to do. As long as that's there, I can coach as long as they'll let me, but as I said before, I need these players." 
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