Loren (Messick) LaPorte ’08, head coach of the James Madison University Softball Team, has guided the team through a remarkable season, capped this week with a first-time appearance in the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City. How did the team get there? On May 30, the JMU Dukes — already crowned 2021 Colonial Athletic Association champions — won the Columbia Super Regional, defeating the University of Missouri. Tomorrow, the Dukes will kick off the World Series against No. 1 overall seed University of Oklahoma. The game will air at noon on ESPN.
“It’s a dream," LaPorte, a three-time Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year, said in a recent television interview. “And it’s not just a dream for us as a staff, but it’s a dream for every single one of these kids.”
Maroons Fact 1: LaPorte played shortstop for the Maroons softball team during her years at Roanoke. Maroons Fact 2: LaPorte is married to Josh LaPorte ’08, former Maroons men’s basketball forward. They have two children — a son and a daughter.