Laurie St. Jean was a three-sport athlete at Putnam High School from 1976-80. She excelled in basketball and softball.
The outstanding point guard was on Putnam teams that compiled an 83-13 record during her four years -- including a string of 44 regular-season victories. Putnam won three Quinnebaug Valley Conference [QVC] Championships from 1977-80, were State Tournament Runners-Up in 1978, and State Semi-Finalists in 1979 and 1980. Tournament time was special to Laurie. Her teammates were also great friends and that camaraderie provided an extra strength during tournament time….making a good team an even stronger one.
Laurie averaged 17.4 points per game at Putnam and set three scoring records which still stand today. She holds the single game scoring record of 51 points and the single season scoring record of 539 points. Her 1,428 career points (without benefit of a 3-point shot) are still the benchmark for Putnam players.
Coach Pam Childs recalls Laurie as a “smart, caring, unselfish team player and leader.” She was quick, had a good “sense of the game,” and was not concerned with her own individual stats as much as for the team’s success. Laurie was “a super kid…who stayed true to herself.”
Laurie was well-recognized for her academic and athletic talents. She was named a State of Connecticut Scholar and the 1980 Putnam High School Scholar-Athlete. She was selected three times to the New Haven Register All State Basketball First Team and named to the QVC All Star Team for three years. She was a member of the QVC All Tournament Team for four years, including being chosen the QVC All-tourney MVP in 1980.
In 1979 and 1980, Laurie was named to the Eastern CT Girls’ Team, and, in 1980, named Best Athlete by the Putnam Lions’ Club. The Putnam High School Alumni Athletic Association and Girls’ Athletic Association both named her outstanding basketball player in 1978, 1979, 1980; most outstanding softball player in 1979 and 1980; and Athlete of the Year in 1980. She was also a 1980 First Team All State Softball Player.
Laurie received an academic and athletic scholarship to Providence College. She scored 1,005 career points and averaged 9.8 points per game at PC. She was named to the 1983 Big East All-Tournament Team and received the 1984 Paul Connolly Memorial Academic/Athletic Award before graduating magna cum laude with a degree in finance.
Laurie was the Asst. Women’s Basketball Coach at Salve Regina from 1986-1990.