LaPorte leads successful JMU softball program

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 10:45 PM EDT
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - Loren LaPorte has an incredibly impressive resume as head coach of the James Madison softball program.

LaPorte just finished her fourth season as head coach of the Dukes and it ended with a historic appearance in the Women’s College World Series. JMU became the first unseeded team in WCWS history to win its first two games after earning victories over No. 1 Oklahoma and No. 5 Oklahoma State. James Madison finished the 2021 season with a record of 41-4 overall.

Following JMU’s success on the national stage, LaPorte’s name is a popular one in the college softball world and it’s possible she could be linked to openings at Power Five programs in the future. However, in 2019 she signed a four-year contract extension to remain at James Madison through the 2023 season. LaPorte says she believes JMU could become a national power in softball after this season’s success at the WCWS which followed the Dukes’ third NCAA Super Regional appearance in the last five seasons.

“Our facilities are better than a lot of Power Five facilities,” said LaPorte. “The support that our administration and our president gives us, we couldn’t ask for anymore. We love the community feel and personally, I love JMU and everybody knows that my family is here. I am three hours away, my hometown, and then my husband is from Staunton. So having that family close by is very important for me and my husband and my two kids.”

James Madison Director of Athletics Jeff Bourne spoke highly of LaPorte during JMU’s welcome back celebration Tuesday afternoon in Harrisonburg:

“The bottom line is we love what this (coaching) staff has done,” said Bourne. “They are such an incredible fit for JMU. I hope she can retire here. I’ll do everything in power to make sure she retires here.”

The Loren LaPorte File

Four seasons at JMU softball head coach

148-34 Overall Record (56-4 CAA Regular-Season Record)

Two CAA Championships (2019, 2021)

Three NCAA Regional Appearances (2018, 2019, 2021)

Two NCAA Super Regional Appearances (2019, 2021)

Three-time CAA Coach of the Year (2018, 2019, 2021)

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