Lance Lusignan is known in the regional sports arena as an innovater, educator and developer of student-athletes and quality programs. He entered a womens sport that is still in its infancy since its official inception in 1943. Women's Baseball is gaining momentum as ladies find the sport a lot more intriguing than softball. The sport has found its place in the global sports arena as other women sports have prospered over the years. USA Baseball has embraced womens baseball and has recently added the sport to its repertoire on the world stage.
From 2000 to 2001, Lance was the Owner/General Manager of the Waterbury Diamonds in the Womens New England Baseball League. The Waterbury Diamonds were a Connecticut based team with it's operations in Waterbury, Connecticut and participated as the sixth team in the Womens New England Baseball League centered in Boston, Massachusetts. The Waterbury Diamonds also participated in several high caliber tournaments in womens baseball in North America from Toronto, Canada to Orlando, Florida from early May to the end of October. The Waterbury Diamonds captured their only tournament championship in the Citrus Blast Tournament (Orlando, FL) in May 2001 defeating the Ocala Lightning 11-8 in the championship game. The Waterbury Diamonds defeated the Florida Tornadoes, the South Bend Blue Sox, the Orlando Fire and the Chicago Storm en route to its championship victory. In 2000, the Waterbury Diamonds lost in the Roy Hobbs Womens Baseball World Series in Fort Meyers, Florida to Team Canada in the championship game to settle for a 2nd place finish. The Waterbury Diamonds experienced a great two years in both league and tournament play finishing with a record of 30 wins and 12 losses. The Waterbury Diamonds also produced three players that went on to play for USA Baseball for the next several years.
Lance has had a storied collegiate head coaching career in both women's basketball and men's baseball. In 1999, Lance completed his second and final season as the Head Women's Basketball Coach at NCAA Division II Post University (Waterbury, CT) guiding the Eagles to their first winning season in the history of the women's basketball program going 17-14. This was his fifth season overall coaching women's basketball where his record stands at 51-65. He also coached the Naugatuck Valley Community College (Waterbury, CT) women's basketball team from 1994-1997 leading the Wave in capturing the National Junior College Division III Region XXI title championship to advance to the National Junior College Division III Final Eight National Tournament for the first time in school history, finishing eighth. This resulted in Lusignan receivng the New England Coach of the Year Award.
Lusignan coached men's baseball at Naugatuck Valley Community College (formerly Mattatuck Community College and Waterbury State Technical College) located in Waterbury, Connecticut, where his overall record stands at 125-94. His 1991 & 1992 squad captured the Connecticut Community College Conference Championship. The 1992 team went on to capture the National Junior College Division III Region XXI title to advance to the National Junior College Division III World Series for the first time in the school's history, finishing eighth. As a result, Lusignan was named New England and Diamond Sports Regional Coach of the Year. The Naugatuck Valley baseball program under the direction of Lusignan have produced fourteen All New England players, seven All Americans and three professional baseball players. The program was also nationally ranked from 1991-1995 (reaching number 2 in the country in 1992) and participated in the New England Regional Tournament from 1990-1995. Lusignan owns the most wins in the school's history as a head coach.
Lusignan also orchestrated the revival of the New England Collegiate Baseball League franchise in Waterbury. The 1994 team was defunct and Waterbury was in jeopardy of losing the franchise when Lusignan (General Manager), Mark Davis (Director of Player Personnel) and a local sports committee jump started the franchise naming the team the Waterbury Barons for the 1995 season. The Barons had a great year going 25-16, advancing to the championship series against the Central Massachusetss team losing 2-0 in the best of three game series settling for a 2nd place finish.
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