Waynesville High School alumna and Missouri State graduate Sophie Pierpoint was tabbed for a trio of honors this past spring.
Pierpoint was selected as a 2008 NAADD (National Association of Athletic Development Directors) Diversity Initiative award winner. As part of the honor, she received a $1,000 stipend and attended the NAAD Convention June 9-11, in Dallas, Texas. Pierpoint was also one of 40 women selected to attend the NACWAA/HERS Institute for Administrative Advancement held in Denver, Colorado, May 29-June 2, where she completed a comprehensive management and leadership training program aimed at preparing participants to work with issues currently facing intercollegiate athletics administrators.
Additionally, Pierpoint was named one of Springfield, Missouri’s Top 20 People Under 30 by GO Magazine. Pierpoint was featured in a recent edition of the publication and was recognized at a special celebration for the honorees. 
Pierpoint graduated from Waynesville High in 1997 and completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at Missouri State. She served a brief stint as assistant athletic director at Lake Forest College before returning to Springfield as MSU’s assistant director of athletics development in October 2004.  Pierpoint was recently promoted to the position of assistant director of athletics for corporate relations and marketing, a role in which her duties include forming corporate partnerships and sponsorship relationships with businesses to create revenue for the athletics program, overseeing the spirit squads, licensing, special events, game management, print projects, Kids Club, advertising, development and all marketing and promotions efforts.
“We strive to create a better athletic experience for our student athletes and fans by providing a great game atmosphere and by developing long-term relationships with fans, donors, businesses, and corporations in order to generate increased interest in and support of Missouri State athletics and the well-being of our student-athletes,” stated Pierpoint.
Pierpoint is active in the community and manages to make time outside of her busy athletics schedule to serve as a member of several local and national organizations. She is a big sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks program and serves as a board member of Rotaract (a division of Rotary only open to business professionals under 30), Women’s Intersport Network and the Missouri Winter Games. Pierpoint is also active in the National Athletics Collegiate Marketing Association, National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators, Executive Women’s Golf Association, Missouri State High School Activities Association, Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Marketing Task Force, NCAA Women’s Basketball Committee and volunteers for the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks.
 Pierpoint attributes her success to family, friends and hard work and determination. 
“I truly feel blessed to be in this position at this point in my life,” Pierpoint said. “I thank my family and the many people who have been a part of my life for all their support and encouragement.  Springfield is a wonderful place to live and Missouri State is a fantastic place to work. I am so fortunate to work with such a talented and fun staff.  There is never a dull moment and I absolutely love being a Bear.  It truly is a privilege to be a Bear!”