Sources confirmed Tuesday that Griffin High and former Spalding High and Carver Road Middle coach Bart Pinckney, 53, died Monday at Upson Regional Medical Center in Thomaston.

Pinckney, who taught math at Griffin High, was beloved by many of his students as well as those he coached. In 2019, he was the STAR teacher at Griffin High School.

At the time, GHS STAR Student Ashantee Goggins said, “Coach Pinckney taught me more than just math lessons, he taught me life lessons and guided me in the right direction.” 

A longtime coach, Pinckney served as the head boys basketball coach at Spalding High for the 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons and was an assistant boys basketball coach the past two years at Griffin High.

"Coach Bart was a team player, a great coach," said Bears head coach Joseph Wilder. "He loved what he did."

"He loved being around people, especially around the kids," added Wilder. "He brought everything to the table — he gave it his all and always had some funny little antidote, little stories for the kids."

Pinckney was also a track and field coach for years at Spalding High and most recently at Griffin High. In 2018, he was named Region 4-AAAA's Girls Sprint Coach of the Year. He also served as the cross country coach at Griffin High this past fall and has in the past been an assistant football coach at Spalding High as well.

In all, his career in the GSCS system spanned 13 years. Prior to that he was a teacher and a coach in the Pike County School System

Funeral arrangements will be announced in the upcoming days. McDowell’s Funeral Home in Griffin is handling the arrangements.