Regina’s Laffey recognized by national group

By: Jason Carmel Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published May 11, 2017

WARREN — Warren Regina’s Diane Laffey recently earned an addition to her long list of accolades.

Laffey is the basketball and softball coach, as well as the athletic director for the school.

On May 2, Regina Principal Ann Diamond presented Laffey with the National Federation of State High School Associations Coach of the Year award in basketball for the state of Michigan.

Laffey — whose basketball teams have played in four state title games — also received a watch to commemorate the award.

“I have to believe this award can be attributed to longevity,” said Laffey, who has been with the school for 47 years.

Diamond called Laffey an icon.

“Not only at Regina where she’s been for 47 years, but also in the Catholic League and MHSAA sports communities,” Diamond said. “She is and has been a role model, mentor and champion for girls and women in academics, sports, and life.”

The honor only adds to Laffey’s storied history with Regina.

Laffey is a member of many halls of fame, including the Detroit Catholic League, Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan, Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association, Metro Detroit Amateur Softball Association, Michigan High School Coaches Association and National High School Athletic Coaches Association.

In 1991, Laffey earned the MHSAA 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.

Laffey has also guided Regina’s softball team to six state championships, most recently in 2016.

At press time, her squad was having another strong season, sitting at 8-0 in the Catholic High School League Central Division and 12-2 overall.

Even though she’s racked up many awards over her long, successful career, Laffey doesn’t take too much of the credit.

“I believe all of my awards can be attributed to the great athletes with whom I have had the privilege to work with,” she said. “I sincerely thank all of the girls that I ever had the opportunity to coach.”