Regina’s Diane Laffey earns recognition from state coaches association

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Warren Weekly | Published September 18, 2013

WARREN — In a ceremony that took place Sept. 15 at Central Michigan University, longtime Warren, Regina coach and Athletic Director Diane Laffey was honored by the Michigan High School Coaches Association with is Distinguished Service Award.

The award, according to the MHSCA website, is presented each year to someone who has done an outstanding job in the area of athletics in general and has shown consideration and assistance to the high school prep scene and the MHSCA.

In earning the award, Laffey joins a distinguished list of past honorees, including former University of Michigan football coaches Lloyd Carr and Fritz Crisler, former Michigan State University football coach Muddy Waters, former University of Michigan Athletic Director Don Canham, and former Detroit Lions General Manager Russ Thomas.

Laffey has guided Regina’s softball team to five Michigan High School Athletic Association state championships — in 1989 and four straight from 2004-07 — when the schools was located in Harper Woods.

Four of Laffey’s basketball teams have played in MHSAA state title games — in 1974, 1979, 1981 and 1983.

Laffey, who still coaches softball, said she was honored to receive the distinction.

“It really is an honor,” Laffey said. “It’s for distinguished service, and this award means you’ve been around for a long time, so it’s a wonderful honor and it’s humbling at the same time.”

This award adds to the collection of honors Laffey has racked up. The Regina athletic director has been enshrined in the National High School Sports Hall of Fame. She is also a member of the Detroit Catholic League Hall of Fame, Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Hall of Fame, Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Metro Detroit Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame, MHSCA Hall of Fame and National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

In 1991, Laffey was the recipient of the Michigan High School Athletic Association Women In Sports Leadership Award, presented annually to the person who makes major contributions to encouraging and preparing women for positions as athletic administrators, coaches and officials.