The 2013 Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year, Bill Lajeunesse has led the Siena Softball program to unprecedented heights during his first four seasons at the helm. The winningest coach in program history, Lajeunesse has achieved four of the five highest single-season win totals in program history and led the Saints to their first MAAC Co-Regular Season Championship in 2013.
Lajeunesse has won 20 or more games in each of his first four seasons, a feat that the program had accomplished just once in the Saints' first 35 seasons of existence. He became the winningest coach in program history last season and his 41 MAAC victories are also the most of any Siena Softball coach.
Last season Lajeunesse guided the Saints to program records of 29 wins and 13 MAAC victories. Siena's 29-26 overall record marked the program's first winning season since 1988. Additionally, Lajeunesse steered the Saints to just the program's second MAAC Tournament victory.
In 2013, Lajeunesse led the Saints to a share of the first MAAC Regular Season Championship in program history and first conference tournament appearance since 2003. For his efforts, he was named the Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year.
In each of his first two seasons, Lajeunesse laid the groundwork with consecutive 20-win campaigns and eight-win MAAC seasons marking the most overall wins since 2005 and most conference wins since 2003.
Under his guidance, Lajeunesse helped recruit and mentored 2012 MAAC Co-Player of the Year and Siena College Female Student Athlete of the Year Shannon Jones.
Lajeunesse took over the program in 2011 after four seasons as the lead assistant, and oversaw a turnaround from a 14-37 record in 2010 to a 20-25 mark in his first season, a winning percentage improvement of nearly 170 points.
Lajeunesse enjoyed a long and successful track record at the high school level while coaching at nearby Waterford, Cohoes and Shaker High School. Before joining the Saints' softball staff in 2007, Lajeunesse gained a wide variety of experience while coaching scholastic soccer, football, wrestling, baseball and softball.
The highlights of Lajeunesse's high school coaching career included an undefeated Colonial Council Wrestling Championship in 1992 at Cohoes. In 1993 he helped the Cohoes football program capture the Buckley Cup Championship as an assistant coach. At Shaker High School in 2006, he led the varsity softball team to a 17-5 record and a #9 ranking in New York State.
Lajeunesse also successfully coached the Adirondack Magic 16-U and 18-U softball teams to the National Final Four in 2005 and 2006, as well as 10 Invitational Championships from 2003-2006.
Lajeunesse graduated from SUNY Brockport in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in physical education. He went on to receive his master's degree in health education from Russell Sage College in 1993.
Lajeunesse is a lifelong resident of the area having grown up in Cohoes. He now lives in Watervliet N.Y. with his wife Karen and has two children Karah and Bryan.
YEAR-BY-YEAR WITH COACH LAJEUNESSE
||Led team to second highest overall and MAAC win total in program history
||Led program to first consecutive 20+ win seasons
||MAAC Coach of the Year; MAAC Co-Regular Season Champions
||Set program record for both overall and MAAC wins; First winning season since 1988