Dr. Catherine Comeau Award for Professional Achievement
Laney M. Clement-Holbrook ’75, G’81, H’22
As a four-sport athlete at Dedham High School, the next logical step for Laney was to attend Bridgewater State College where she aspired to become a teacher and a coach.
She was a member of both the basketball and softball teams and graduated Cum Laude with a B.S in Health and Physical Education in 1975 and earned a Master’s Degree in Health Education in 1981.
Laney began her teaching and coaching career at Oliver Ames High School, where she taught Physical Education, Health and Biology and was the Head Basketball Coach since 1976. She is currently teaching Anatomy and Physiology on a part time basis.
Over the course of Laney’s career, she has won 19 Hockomock League Championships, and 3 State Championships. She broke the record for most wins in the history of the State of Massachusetts in 2020 and finished her career with 733 victories, all at Oliver Ames High School.
Laney has been involved with a number of professional organizations including the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, as well as the Massachusetts Basketball Coaching Association of which she became the first female President and served Massachusetts at the position in 1992.
Laney was chosen to Coach the McDonald’s All-American Game in 2017 in Chicago. She has been inducted into Northeast New Agenda Hall of Fame, the Dedham High School Athletic Hall of Fame, the Bridgewater State College Athletic Hall of Fame, the New England Basketball Hall of Fame, and the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Laney along with her college roommate and teammate Barbara Stevens, partnered together as the 2022 BSU Commencement speakers where they were awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Public Education.