The 2013 Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year, Bill Lajeunesse enters his fourth season as the head softball coach at Siena. Lajeunesse's 61 wins and 28 MAAC victories during his tenure are the most over a three-year span in Siena Softball history.
Lajeunesse has won 20 or more games in each of his first three seasons, culminating in the most successful season in program history last spring. The Saints won 21 games - the second highest total in school history - and a record 12 MAAC victories en route to capturing the program's first-ever MAAC Co-Regular Season Championship.
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.
Over the past four years, Lajeunesse helped develop 2008 MAAC First Team selection Jen Granato, the all time home run leader at Siena and most recently Shannon Jones who in 2010 gained All-MAAC Second Team status as a freshman, while leading the Saints with 56 hits and a .344 batting average.
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 season
MAAC Coach of the Year; MAAC Co-Regular Season Champions; Program record for MAAC wins