Bronson's LaClair Selected for 2015 MHSAA Women in Sports Leadership Award
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Feb. 18 - Bronson's Jean LaClair is best known for leading high-achieving teams for more than two decades as one of the winningest varsity volleyball coaches in Michigan High School Athletic Association history.
But her impact on all athletes at her school as athletic director and influence as a statewide leader also will be celebrated when she receives the MHSAA's 28th Women in Sports Leadership Award on March 21 at Michigan State University's Breslin Center.
Each year, the Representative Council
considers the achievements of women coaches, officials and athletic administrators affiliated with the MHSAA
who show exemplary leadership capabilities and positive contributions to athletics.
has built a record of 958-327-85 over 21 seasons as a varsity volleyball coach at Midland Dow
, Pinconning, and for the last 15 seasons at Bronson High School
ranks 10th on the MHSAA career list for volleyball coaching wins and led her
2009 Bronson team to the Class C championship.
She also has served as Bronson's athletic director since the fall of 2000 and hosted a variety of MHSAA tournament events in addition to sitting on a number of MHSAA and Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association committees.
LaClair was a speaker at MHSAA Women in Sports Leadership conferences in 2006 and 2008 and also has been a registered MHSAA official for 14 years.
"Jean LaClair is a role model for her athletes, and also for administrators who look to her for expertise and mentorship," said John E. "Jack" Roberts, executive director of the MHSAA.
LaClair is a 1984 graduate of Midland Dow High School and 1989 graduate of Saginaw Valley State University, and she also earned a Master's degree in sports administration from Central Michigan University.
She began her varsity coaching career at Dow during the 1987-88 season and coached through 1990.
She led Pinconning's varsity from 1996-97 through 1999, then came to Bronson as the athletic director that fall.
coaching career in fall of 2000.
In addition to the 2009 MHSAA title, her
teams have won five Regional championships.
1997-98 Pinconning team finished Lower Peninsula Class B runner-up.
LaClair is a member of both the MIAAA and National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, and served as Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association president for six years, vice president for three and as a board member for 13 years.
She also served a term as president of the St. Joseph Valley League and has been an instructor for the MHSAA's Coaches Advancement Program.
"I love coaching.
It's the time I get to deal with some good kids.
We have a great summer, and it feeds into the fall," LaClair
"I feel when kids leave my program, they could be coaches.
I do try to get them involved in officiating as well."
was inducted into the MIVCA Hall of Fame
in 2006 and named that body's Coach of the Year in 2009.
was named Michigan High School Coaches Association
volleyball Coach of the Year in 2010 and was a National High School Athletic Coaches Association volleyball Coach of the Year finalist in 2011.
also was named a Regional Athletic Director of the Year by the MIAAA
She previously taught mathematics and physical education before becoming a full-time athletic director, and also became as assistant principal at Bronson High School during the 2010-11 school year.