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Regina's Diane Laffey Inducted Into
National High School Hall of Fame

Diane Laffey was inducted into the National High School Sports Hall of Fame on July 8 at the National Federation of State High School Associations annual summer meeting in Minneapolis. She is shown receiving her Hall of Fame medallion from MHSAA Executive Director Jack Roberts.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - July 8 - Diane Laffey, Michigan's all-time winningest coach in girls basketball and softball, was inducted into the National Federation of State High School Association's National High School Sports Hall of Fame in ceremonies at the NFHS annual summer meeting here.

Laffey was one of 14 individuals in this year's induction class, which included four other coaches, two officials, three administrators, one contributor and three athletes.

Laffey is the third inductee from Michigan into the National High School Sports Hall of Fame. Previous inductees are Charles E. Forsythe, the first full-time and longest serving executive director of the MHSAA (1983), and Lofton C. Greene, Michigan's all-time winningest coach in boys basketball, who coached River Rouge to 13 MHSAA titles (1986).

(The following was published in the program distributed at the induction ceremony)

More than a quarter-century ago, Diane Laffey took over the reins of the Harper Woods Regina High School basketball and softball programs. She currently holds the head coaching position of both sports, and is the school's athletic director as well.

Through the 1999 basketball season, Laffey was the Michigan all-time winningest coach with a 468-241 record. Four of her squads played in the MHSAA title game.

Through the 1999 softball season, Laffey was Michigan's and the nation's winningest coach with a 701-236-2 mark. Her 1989 team captured the MHSAA Class A title.

Laffey was co-founder of the Michigan Softball Coaches Association and is the current Michigan chairperson of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. She has also been a MHSAA registered game official for 21 years in basketball, volleyball and softball.

Additionally, Laffey is a member of the following Halls of Fame: 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.

She was also the 1991 recipient of 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 was born on August 16, 1939, in Detroit. She is following in her father's footsteps as a high school coach, as she was a fan of all his teams.