selected to receive Wisconsin's top women's sports award
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (November 10, 2004) -- Lynn LaPorte
, who coached for 25 years at West Bend East High School
, has been selected as the 2005 recipient of the state's most prestigious women's sports honor.LaPorte
will become the 15th individual to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the Women's Sports Advocates ofWisconsin, Inc.
The organization's Annual Awards Banquet Feb. 5, 2005 at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel, Milwaukee Airport, is the state's officialcelebration of National Girls & Women in Sports Day.
A statewide panel selected LaPorte
after nominations for the award were made by the general public."Lynn helped pioneer high school girls volleyball in Wisconsin as a coach, administrator and tournament organizer," noted Wendy L. Young, WSAW President and Co-Founder.
coached East to state championships in 1983, 1993 and 1995, plus runner-up finishes in '82 and '94.The Suns also claimed 16 conference titles and were invited to participate in the most prestigious high school volleyball tournament in the country three times during her
helped found the Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association
, and helped develop the all-state selection criteria and the WVCA
coaches'clinic.Today, the top volleyball invitational in the state is known as the Lynn LaPorte Sprawl in her
Before Title IX became law in 1972, LaPorte
and a fellow West Bend teacher launched the girls sports program in the city's high schools.In addition to volleyball, over the years LaPorte coached basketball, swimming, track and tennis for a total of 42 sports seasons. LaPorte, who will retire in 2005 as a physical education teacher at East, holds a BS from UW-LaCrosse and a Masters from National College in Evanston, Ill.
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