John Pipkin
Inducted in 1990
Baseball and Basketball
As a Lion

John Pipkin received an AA degree from Freed-Hardeman in 1968. He had played basketball and baseball under coaches Dick Stewart and Hoyt Kirk. He was the basketball team's MVP in 1968. Although he had first come to FHC on academic scholarship the second semester, he "walked on" in basketball and was granted an athletic scholarship the second semester.

Pipkin completed his undergraduate career at Union University where he played basketball and participated in track. In 1970 he was the VSAC high jump champion.

After Graduation

Beginning his coaching career n 1970 at Chester County High School, Pipkin has had a phenomenal success. Although he has coached football, volleyball, track and softball, he has seen his greatest achievements in girls' basketball. In his eleven years as CCHS's girls basketball coach, he posted 281-68 record and made seven trips to the state tournament.

Pipkin left CCHS in 1984 to spend five years at University School in Jackson. There he coached golf, baseball and boys' and girls' basketball. His girls' teams made it to t he semi-finals.

In sixteen years of coaching girls' basketball, he has amassed a 397-107 record and a host of awards. He has had six district champions, six runners-up, six regional champions and seven runners-up. He has been to the sub-state thirteen times and to the state nine times. In 1978, his team won the state championship and in 1977 and 1980 they were runner-up. On two other occasions, his team advanced to the state semi-finals.

He has been named district coach of the year in golf, baseball, boys' basketball and girls' basketball. In 1981 and 1982 he was the West Tennessee Officials' Coach of the Year. Twice he was Tennessee's nominee for National Coach of the Year in girl's basketball.

Pipkin and his wife Cheri, who has assisted him throughout his career, are once again coaching at Chester County High School. They have a son, Brandon.

Lion Hall of Fame
YearInducteeSport(s)
1985Kerby FarrellBaseball
1985Willie HudsonBasketball/Coaching after FHU
1985Laurent JohnsonCoaching
1985Dew Drop RowlettCoaching
1985R.W. (Dick) StewartBasketball
1985Lon VarnellBaseball, Basketball, and Football
1986Mary Nelle Brum ChalkWomen's Basketball
1986John Luke WebbFootball, Basketball, and Baseball
1986Sue McBride WilliamsWomen's Basketball
1986James WilliamsBaseball and Basketball
1987Mac H. FeltsMultiple
1987Kate Pennington RochelleWomen's Basketball
1987Robert L. WittBasketball
1988Ulyss BrockMen's Basketball
1988Mayme Higginbottam LaneWomen's Basketball
1988Jim MurdaughMen's Basketball
1989Jerry MooreMen's Basketball
1989John L. WeeksBaseball, Basketball, Football
1989Marvin WilliamsCoaching after FHU
1990Vanassa Chism BranchWomen's Basketball
1990Dolly LambertBaseball
1990John PipkinBaseball and Basketball
1990David SmithBasketball
1991Sammy FisherCoaching
1991Dick GrayTrack and Field
1991Hoyt KirkCoaching
1991Robert Stanley LittleMen's Basketball
1992Ancil JohnsonMen's Basketball
1992Clyde WoodsTennis
1993Aaron HerronMen's Basketball
1993Gerald MichaelMen's Basketball
1994Arthur BonnerMen's Basketball
1994Larry MackinMen's Basketball/Baseball
1995Ruben BrownMen's Basketball
1995Charlie SmithMen's Basketball, Coaching
1996Cindy AndersonWomen's Basketball
1996Janice Wood GriggsWomen's Basketball
1996Renee Hensley PaughTennis and Basketball
1996Owen MitchellMen's Tennis
1997Randall AveryMen's Basketball
1997Sergio CastelloMen's Tennis
1998Garrett GrillsMen's Basketball
1999Fabiana CuggionniWomen's Tennis
1999Joe HardinDistinguished Service
1999Johanna MittenhammerWomen's Tennis
1999Ernesto RamosMen's Basketball
2000Claudia SanchezTennis
2002Jennifer Burkeen ShowersBasketball
2002David ByrdCoaching
2002Clay MurleyBaseball
2005Kara Sanders AtkinsWomen's Basketball
2005Qiana ElamWomen's Basketball
2006Chike StevensonMen's Basketball
2007Federico ContrerasTennis
2007Ricardo FerreiraTennis
2007Micheal GainesMen's Basketball
2008Nancy BennettDistinguished Service
2008Lee BurklowMen's Basketball
2008Mikki Dowell VinsonVolleyball/Softball
2009Anelise BattaglionWomen's Tennis
2009Jamie NorsworthyMen's Basketball
2009Terry WeeksCoaching
2009Jessica WoodardWomen's Basketball
2010Chuck BoxBaseball
2010Patrick O'SullivanBaseball
2011Van KalinisanBaseball
2011Eddie MartinCoaching after FHU
2011Ashlee RobertsonWomen's Basketball
2012Jonathan EstesBaseball
2012Pernell KnoxBaseball
2012Tony LambertMen's Basketball
2012Wes MillerMen's Basketball
2012Stacy Myers PalmerWomen's Basketball
2013Renata PedreiraVolleyball
2013Payton ReddenBaseball
2013Karina Souza SimonVolleyball
2014Tomas OresanskyMen's Basketball
2014Tarrah TuckerSoftball
2015Jana Cross GobbleWomen's Basketball
2015Zack FreyMen's Basketball
2015Donald MartinBaseball
2016Meribeth Boehler CarpenterWomen's Basketball
2016Brittany BradfordSoftball
2016Tiffany Harris ForbisWomen's Soccer
2016Josh HesterBaseball