Lauren Lavigne is in her 14th season as head coach of the PSU Women's Basketball team in 2011-12. 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.
Lavigne, who became PSU’s all-time winningest women’s basketball coach in 2002-03, has guided the Panthers to a 13-year mark of 185-164. Including two years as head coach at Endicott, her 15-year career head coaching mark is 205-193.
The Panthers registered only the second 20-win season in school history under Lavigne in 1999-00, and qualified for the post-season for just the third time ever. Plymouth State returned to the post-season in 2000-01 and finished with a 20-8 record. The Panthers made the most of their post-season appearances the next two seasons, capturing back-to-back ECAC New England titles and finishing with records of 21-8 in 2001-02 and 23-8 in 2002-03.
A native of Bedford, N.H. (Manchester West H.S.), Lavigne graduated from Plymouth State in 1994 and received her Master’s degree in Sports Management in 1996. She 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 and athletic intern. 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.
Coach Lavigne and her husband Charlie Mason, the head men’s basketball coach at New England College, have a son.