2011-12 (Freshman) Competed in eight smallbore and air rifle events as a freshman for Kentucky ... Posted a season-high 579 in smallbore at the Withrow Invitational ... Shot a 587 against Morehead State for a season best in air rifle ... Finished the season with an average of 573.3 in smallbore ... Posted a season average of 576.5 in air rifle.
Prior to UK Coached at the junior level by Keith Hein ... Lists career highs in smallbore (567), smallbore prone (198), smallbore standing (181), smallbore kneeling (190) and air rifle (579/600).
"I love working with Pinkel on positions and technical aspects of shooting because his ability to isolate movement and balance are extremely developed. I can always see the wheels turning while he works on a specific problem. This type of patience is already paying off for him at the start of our season." -- Amy Sowash
Personal Full name is Jonathan James Pinkel ... Son of Jim and Debra Pinkel ... Has two sisters, Jessica Pinkel and Cassie Pinkel ... Born Dec. 27, 1992 in Lansing, Mich. ... Sister Cassie shot for the Alaska-Fairbanks rifle team ... Step grandmother Dolores Pinkel attended UK.