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May 14, 2012

PSU Women’s Basketball Coach resigns

Lauren Lavigne steps down after 14 years

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's basketball program is looking for a new coach after the resignation of veteran head coach Lauren Lavigne.

 
  Lavigne

            Lavigne, who has served as PSU's head women's basketball coach the past 14 years, has stepped down and will assume additional administrative responsibilities in the Athletic Department.  A 1994 Plymouth State graduate, Lavigne played four years for the Panthers before embarking on a coaching career.

            "I am looking forward to working with Plymouth State Athletics in a new way and I am very excited to be able to get this opportunity that lies ahead," said Lavigne.  "I have had the privilege of devoting 20 years of my life to Plymouth State University Women's Basketball; I played here, was an assistant here, and as the head coach.  I have loved every minute of it, and I am so blessed to have some amazing student-athletes here – and watch them as they grow professionally, and return with their families.   I thank all of them for all they did for our school and this program."

            The Panthers have been solid New England and Little East Conference contenders during Lavigne's tenure, earning post-season bids six times and winning two ECAC New England championships.  PSU made consecutive ECAC Tournament appearances in 2009 and 2010, advancing to the championship game in 2010.  The Panthers also posted four consecutive 20-win seasons and ECAC Tourney berths from 1999-2003 and won ECAC championships in 2002 and 2003.

            "We are very thankful of what Coach Lavigne has accomplished with our women's basketball program over the past 14 years," said PSU Director of Athletics John Clark.  "There's a special relationship between Lauren and Plymouth State University, and we are excited to have her join our administrative team.  Lauren has a lot to offer our department, our university, and our community."

            Lavigne, who became PSU's all-time winningest women's basketball coach in 2002-03, guided the Panthers to a 14-year mark of 190-183.  Including two years as head coach at Endicott, her 16-year career head coaching mark is 210-212.

            A native of Bedford, N.H. (Manchester West H.S.), Lavigne was a four-year basketball letterwinner, serving as captain of the Panthers her last two seasons.  She was also a first baseman on the softball team, twice earning All-New England honors.

            After a year as an assistant at New Hampshire College, Lavigne returned to Plymouth State in 1995-96 as assistant coach.  She was assistant athletic director and head women's basketball coach at Endicott College from 1996-98.

            Lavigne is a past President of the New England Women's Basketball Association (NEWBA).  She was inducted into the Queen City Hall of Fame in Manchester, N.H. in 2001, and was one of the New Hampshire Union Leader's 40-Under-40 in 2010, recognizing 40 top community leaders under the age of 40.

            "I have been given a tremendous opportunity," said Lavigne, "within the Plymouth State athletic department and campus community that will help enhance our department and the future of PSU Athletics."

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