Jennifer Laney enters her fifth season as the head coach of the Lady Moose. UMA has appeared in the Yankee Small College Conference playoffs in each of her first four seasons. In the 2013-14 season, Laney coached USCAA All-American Arreonte Lee, USCAA Honorable Mentions Jennifer Lola and Jamie Plummer; as well as Academic All-Americans Kim Carter and Angelica Bulgin.
Under Laney's leadership, the Lady Moose earned their first bid
to the USCAA Women's Basketball National Bid in UMA’s
history. The Lady Moose finished their competitive schedule
(15-12 overall, 10-5 conference) and Yankee Small College
Conference Championship Runner Up in Elite Eight post-season
play. Laney also coached two Lady Moose players to their
1,000 point milestone this past season. Jennifer Lola and
Arreonte Lee both achieved this lofty goal in only two seasons.
In the 2011-12 season, Laney wrapped up her second year as the head women’s basketball coach at the University of Maine at Augusta with the first regular season Yankee Small College Conference championship in UMA women’s basketball history. The Moose finished the regular season with a record of 20-8 and advanced to the YSCC Final Four before falling to eventual tournament champion Central Maine Community College. Also in 2011-12, Laney coached the 2011-12 YSCC Player of the Year in Katie Poirier, and All-Conference team members Ashley Peaslee and Jenn Lola. In January 2012 Ashley Peaslee became the first 1,000 point scorer in UMA women’s basketball history while teammate Katie Poirier followed in February with the 1,000th point of her career.
In 2010, Coach Laney coached the Moose to a third place overall finish in the Yankee Small College Conference as well as their first trip to the playoffs in two years. The Moose finished 11-11 in the regular season before falling in the postseason to eventual champions Southern Maine Community College.
Coach Laney was named YSCC Coach of the Year in 2011 for her efforts. She is a graduate of the University of Maine, with a master’s in Student Development and Higher Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Food Science and Human nutrition. She originally began her collegiate career at Roanoke College in Virginia where she competed on the track team, throwing shot put, discus, javelin and hammer. Coach Laney is currently pursuing a terminal degree at the University of Maine. In addition to coaching basketball, she is also the Assistant Athletic Director and Coordinator of Wellness on UMA’s Augusta Campus. When she’s not working, she’s cheering on the Boston Celtics.