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Bronson Coach

 
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Employment History

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Education

  • Midland Dow High School
  • Master's degree , sports administration
    Central Michigan University
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Bronson volleyball coach Jean ...
www.sturgisjournal.com, 21 Oct 2015 [cached]
Bronson volleyball coach Jean LaClair passed a coaching milestone last weekend. She picked up her 1,000th career win. The win came at the Thornapple-Kellogg Tournament. But, wins have never been important to her. "A coach knows they are successful when their players leave their program but continue to come back, whether it is to coach or to support the team," LaClair said. "I'd like to think my kids can leave the program and go out and coach themselves. I have never thought wins were important, except at the end of the season. "I always get asked what my record is, I have to look it up, I don't know," LaClair added. "That's because I don't really care." Several of her former players can be seen in the crowd or on the bench with her. This season former player Brooke Pyles serves as her assistant and last season when LaClair was battling health issues, Jayna Gardner (2001-2004) coached Bronson.
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"Since 2000, I've been calling Jean "'coach'" and continue to do so today," Gardner said.
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"Coach LaClair was the best coach I ever played for, she coached our team to a state title, that is something I will cherish for the rest of my life," Bell said.
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LaClair began her coaching career as junior varsity coach at Bay City Western, while attending college. She soon jumped to the ranks of head coaching with a three year stint at Midland Dow beginning in 1987. From 1996 to 1999 she led Pinconning to three district titles, two regional titles, three conference crowns and state runnerup in 1997/98. Page 2 of 3 - LaClair began her career at Bronson in 2000 as part time athletic Director/part time teacher.
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This is really sad," LaClair said. "Kids should be able to play all sports in high school, but are often told by club coaches that the only way to make it to college is to play in a big club. I have always said your favorite sport should be the sport in season. Have fun playing them all." Coaching for 25-plus years. LaClair has many fond memories. "Obviously the state runner- up and state title teams were special. Those were great kids, we had great support from the community and student body," LaClair said. "Our student body in 2009 (led by Luke Frohreip) at the state championship game doing the roller coaster. Truly the first time that most had seen it and now everybody does it. "Last year, when I was dealing with health issues, seeing my team, their parents and the community come out to support me (and the team). When the kids put the shirts on for the first time, I started to cry, we are truly family," LaClair said. LaClair teams are also known for their team building and non volleyball activities. Nearly every year they attend Monowe', team camping trips, go through haunted houses and hay rides. All of which LaClair sees as important to the team. "Seeing the kids enjoying their time in the volleyball program and the camaraderie that the volleyball program has. The way they are always supportive of their teammates and will back one another," LaClair said.
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"Jean expects Bronson volleyball players of all levels to achieve in the classroom, to make sound and safe choices and to be a positive influence on our entire school. Jean commits wholeheartedly to this program, and its families respond likewise." Page 3 of 3 - LaClair's peers, like her former players, have a tremendous amount of respect for her.
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"Jean is a great fundamental coach, her teams are always well prepared for each and every match.
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"I enjoy coaching against Jean because I know it's going to be a great match. I have a lot of respect for Jean as a coach, I know I can learn from her and her teams and that will make me a better coach myself. She is one of the top coaches in any class," Groat added. "Jean is the best around and a coach that would do anything for her players, she cares very much for her kids. It's not just about the game of volleyball, Jean teaches them life lessons." LaClair has received many honors at the state and local level. The one award she is the most proud of is in 2015 MHSAA Women in Sports Leadership Award. The Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association (MIVCA) inducted her into the Hall of Fame in 2006. "I have known Jean for many years now.
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Jean is a valued member and excellent role model and mentor for our membership," DelMorone said.
"I felt we very much controlled ...
www.sturgisjournal.com, 6 Nov 2014 [cached]
"I felt we very much controlled the match in the first two set, and then relaxed and allowed them to start hitting at us," Bronson coach Jean LaClair said. The Lady Vikings won the first two games 25-17, 25-13. Quincy rallied and led most of the third set, building up to a six-point lead. Bronson was able to tie the set at 19 and take their first lead 20-19. The Lady Vikings went on to win the deciding game 25-23 and advance to the regional tournament. "This team like to play from behind though," LaClair added.
MIVCA Board
www.mivca.net, 8 Sept 2015 [cached]
JEAN LACLAIR
MIVCA - News
www.mivca.net, 29 May 2010 [cached]
Jean LaClair:  Programs  2010
Bronson's LaClair Selected ...
www.mhsaa.com, 18 Feb 2015 [cached]
Bronson's LaClair Selected for 2015 MHSAA Women in Sports Leadership Award
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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.
LaClair 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. She 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.
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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. She resumed her coaching career in fall of 2000.
In addition to the 2009 MHSAA title, her teams have won five Regional championships. Her 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 said. "I feel when kids leave my program, they could be coaches. I do try to get them involved in officiating as well."
LaClair was inducted into the MIVCA Hall of Fame in 2006 and named that body's Coach of the Year in 2009. She 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. She also was named a Regional Athletic Director of the Year by the MIAAA in 2009.
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.
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