Press Release

Trojans To Honor Pitney

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
by Jordan Argo

Hannibal-LaGrange University will honor former Trojan athlete, coach and athletic director Ben Pitney for his recent induction into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame during the halftime of the men's basketball game this Thursday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Pitney entered the hall of fame on Dec. 5 after 35 years of coaching and four years as an athletic director.

The Hannibal native attended Hannibal-LaGrange from 1951-53 and played on the HLG basketball team with junior college hall-of-famers Cotton Fitzsimmons and Ray Schumann. While attending HLG, Pitney twice helped the Trojans finish third in the nation before graduating from the then junior college and transferring to Truman State University.

Pitney returned to Hannibal-LaGrange in 1966 as the head men's basketball coach. He accumulated a 79-56 record with the Trojans before leaving in 1971 to become the men's first assistant basketball coach at Truman State.

After spending 23 seasons in Kirksville, Pitney retired from coaching and became the athletic director at Hannibal-LaGrange where he helped start the men's and women's soccer programs. He also helped establish Nichols Field, the HLGU Softball Field, Blackwell Field, and the soccer practice field, now known as Pitney Field.

Hannibal-LaGrange University is a Division I NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) institution and a member of the American Midwest Conference.

Contact Information

Carolyn Carpenter
Director of Public Relations