Denise Pickenpaugh is a 1992 graduate of Heath High School. She competed in softbsall, cross country, and basketball. During her basketball career at Heath, the Lady Bulldogs were 4-time Licking county Legue, SEctional, and Dirstrict champions, 3-time Regional champions, and won the 1991 State Basketball Championship. She was Mid-State League Player of the Year and First Team All-Ohio along with many other honors. After high school, she played basketball from 1992 to 1996 at the University of Toledo where the Rockets won the Mid-American Conference tournament and made 3 NCAA tournament appearances. Denise was also an assistant coach at the University of Toledo for 2 years.