Gary Picone brings a wealth of talent to the Washington State baseball program, both as a successful coach and also from the perspective of an administrator.
During his coaching tenure, Picone has had success at the high school level, the collegiate level and internationally.
Most recently, he completed a stint of nine years as athletic director at his alma mater, the Lewis-Clark State Warriors. Picone moved from the coaching ranks to that of an administrator in 1991 and enjoyed immense success while overseeing the 10 sports sponsored by LCSC.
Now, nine years later, Picone has put his baseball uniform back on to handle the Cougar pitchers and assist with the recruiting of Cougar diamond stars.
During a six-year stint as the LCSC Warrior pitching coach, 1983-89, Picone sent nine pitchers into professional baseball, with five earning NAIA All-America honors. The Warriors, during his tenure, won six of seven national NAIA championships and without argument became the most dominant baseball team within the NAIA. And the one year they didn’t win the title they reached the championship game. Pitching and the long ball were the cornerstones of the LCSC success in the 1980’s while Picone was a member of the staff.
The Trail, British Columbia native prepped at J. L. Crowe High, where he played both baseball and basketball. During his senior year he was a member of the BC Provincial squad that competed in the Canada Games. Following high school graduation in 1972, Picone moved south, first for one year at Bellevue Community College, 1972-73, then three years in Lewiston while patrolling the outfield for coach Ramon Hooker’s LCSC Warriors.
As a player, Picone started in the outfield his only season at Bellevue CC, then was named to the all-district team each of his three collegiate seasons at LCSC. He later earned his master’s in education administration from the University of Idaho.
Picone’s first coaching job was for the Barrhead School District in Alberta, 1976-80, followed by three years with the Trail School District in British Columbia, 1981-83. At Barrhead, he was head baseball coach for both the junior high and high school programs, while at Trail he served as the high school head coach. He also taught social studies and physical education at both school districts.
From 1982-86 Picone coached the Canadian National Baseball team, including participation each year in the World Championships and in Intercontinental Cup play. Later in his career, 1990-92, he took over coaching the Canadian National Junior team pitchers and in 1991 they captured the junior world championship. He also served as executive director and coach for Baseball British Columbia, 1989-91.
During his stint at athletic director at LCSC, Picone spearheaded the successful drive to return the NAIA College World Series to Lewiston, Idaho, for at least six years, 2001-06. During his administrative tenure the Warrior baseball program won four NAIA national titles, the women’s basketball team made five appearances in the NAIA tournament, and the men’s team competed three times in the NAIA tournament.
Gary and Terri Picone have three children, daughters Nina (20) and Maria (12) and son Rico (15).