Lauren Lavigne Named New Head Coach

May 20th, 1998 by Adam

The new women’s basketball coach and CHAMPS Coordinator is a familiar name to Plymouth State fans. Lauren Lavigne, a former
standout basketball and softball player and assistant basketball coach at PSC, will take over. Lavigne, who has been the head women’s
basketball coach and assistant athletic director at Endicott College the past two years, replaces Marti Kingsley, who resigned in March after
three seasons.

“Lauren made a very positive impression on the search committee,” said Bamford. “When we packaged the head coaching position with
the responsibility to coordinate our new CHAMPS Like Skills program, Lauren’s experience as a head coach and athletic administrator was one
of the deciding factors in our selection. She is an outstanding young basketball coach and a quality person. Among her many strengths, the
most impressive are her talent for recruiting coupled with her positive attitude, energy and enthusiasm.”

A native of Bedford, NH (Manchester West H.S.), Lavigne received her Bachelor’s degree from PSC in 1994 and her Master’s degree in
Sports Management from PSC in 1996. She was a four-year basketball letterwinner, serving as captain of the Panthers her junior and senior
seasons. She was also a star first baseman on the Panther softball team, earning All-New England honors as both a junior and a senior.

“Plymouth State is where I want to be,” said Lavigne. “When I left two years ago, I knew it’s where I wanted to be. It just came a little sooner
than I expected. I thought it would be more like five years but when the opening came after two years, I had to jump at it. It was bittersweet to
leave Endicott. There’s a good group of players coming back and a good group coming in. I didn’t really want to leave, but this is the right move
professionally, and it brings me closer to my home.”

After a year as an assistant basketball coach at New Hampshire College in 1994-95, Lavigne returned to her alma mater for the 1995-96
season, serving as assistant women’s basketball coach and Athletic Administrative Intern before taking the Endicott position in April of 1996.

“Everyone knows how much Lauren wanted to return to her alma mater,” said Bamford. “The timing is right, the moment is now and we are
all very excited about Lauren Lavigne “coming home.” With her strong work ethic and her passion for working with student-athletes, she is
destined for success.”

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