Pennington named 2013 Tindall Scholarship recipient

St. Johns River State College pitcher Matt Pennington was named the 2013 recipient of the John C. Tindall Endowed Scholarship. Pennington, who was also named SJR State Student-Athlete of the Year in 2012, will further his education in religion and biblical studies at Liberty University this fall.

Ross Jones, SJR State head baseball coach and athletic director said, “We are so proud of Matt. He put himself in a position to be highly successful because of his character and work ethic. He is also one of the most complete, well-rounded young men I have ever coached. He’s dedicated to being a great student as well as a baseball player,” Jones said. “His 4.0 GPA is a reflection of his commitment to succeed as a college student.”

The scholarship was established in honor of former coach John Tindall, who devoted 30 years to coaching the Vikings through 591 wins and nine Region VIII tournament appearances, placing him in the nation’s top 10 for career wins at the time of his retirement in 1997.

In 1961, the Vikings took the field for the first time and have since dedicated the past half century to building a solid reputation for producing superior student-athletes. The College has continued its tradition of producing a strong baseball program with facility improvements including a covered practice facility, dugout and field renovations, and new lights and scoreboard.

PHOTO CAPTION: Vikings pitcher Matt Pennington was recently named the 2013 recipient of the John C. Tindall Endowed Scholarship during a home game celebration. From left are SJR State President Joe Pickens, J.D., John Tindall, Matt Pennington, Paula and Steve Pennington, SJR State Athletic Association Chair Tommy Strickland, SJR State Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach Ross Jones, and SJR State Vice President for Development and External Affairs Caroline Tingle.