Livingston senior Jay Vincent signs with University of Pikeville
By Pat Thomann, Editor
On February 5, 2015 Livingston Central High School senior Jay Vincent celebrated one of the most important days of his life. Friends and family were on hand to see Jay sign his commitment to play baseball for the University of Pikeville in Pikeville Kentucky.
The University of Pikeville, situated in the beautiful hills of Eastern Kentucky, is located just about as far east as you can go and still be in Kentucky. In less than 30 miles you can be in either Virginia to the south or West Virginia to the east.
Jay's love of baseball, his commitment to study hard and excel in academics has brought him to this day. Jay will be attending Pikeville on a full baseball scholarship and play first base for the Pikeville Bears.
Due to a previous commitment Pikeville Head Coach Chad Gassman could not attend but sent this statement, "Four years ago when taking over this program we decided that the foundation of the program had to be integrity, work ethic and recruiting players that had the physical skill but also knew how to play the game. We know that we got that in Jay. We could not be happier that Jay will be our first baseman and hit in the middle of our lineup here at the University of Pikeville. He will play for me in the summer in the Cape Cod League as we prepare him for the Major League level. Based on Jays athletic and academic achievements he will attend the University of Pikeville on a full scholarship."
Several school officials spoke of their pride in Jay and how he has been a great influence on his fellow classmates and especially as a role model for his teammates to follow. LCHS Principal Scott Gray congratulated Jay on his accomplishments and wished him well in the future.
Jay's Dad, Coach Greg Vincent said, "Needless to say I am very proud of Jay and for you younger fellows, you can be right there too. Most of all, keep your grades up and study hard. In the last four years Jay has grown in a lot of ways, not just in height and I could not be prouder of him."
That sentiment is echoed by all Jay's teachers, classmates, coaches, family and friends. We're all very proud of your accomplishments and good luck in the future.