Staples’ Lawrence Among 6 Inductees To Fairfield County Sports Hall Of Fame

                              Laddie Lawrence

Staples renowned track coach Laddie Lawrence was one of six new inductees into the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame announced today.

Lawrence will join Jim Dolan of Redding into the Walter Kennedy Community Service Wing.

Also part of this year’s the class are Danbury’s Ken Green and Norwalk’s Randy Lajoie into the Jackie Robinson Professional Wing and Norwalk’s Phil Kydes and Stratford’s Bertha Ragan Tickey into the James O’Rourke Amateur Wing.

The six will be honored at the Commission’s 13th annual Sports Night awards dinner, on Oct. 16 at the Stamford Marriott.

Lawrence has been one of the state’s premier track and field and cross country coaches over his 48-year career at Staples. He has served as the boys indoor track and field coach since 1970, boys cross country (1972) and boys outdoor track and field (1977).

Lawrence has amassed a record of 1,824-395, and has led his teams to 32 undefeated seasons. He won 32 FCIAC championships, 39 CIAC State Class or Open titles and two New England crowns. His many honors include being selected for the National Coaches Hall of Fame in 2015 and National Coach of the Year in cross country in 1990. Lawrence, who has coached eight national champions, is a member of the FCIAC and CHSCA Hall of Fames and received the Gold Key award from the CT Sports Writers’ Alliance in 2013.

Green, a Danbury native who has been a professional golfer for nearly 40 years, made his debut on the PGA Tour in 1980 and recorded his first victory in 1985.

LaJoie becomes the first race car driver to be inducted into the FCSHOF.

Kydes was one of most prolific high school soccer scorers in state history at Brien McMahon High, leading the Senators to two FCIAC titles and a state crown.

Ragan Tickey was one of the greatest pitchers in women’s softball history, and her arrival in Stratford was a key factor in the development of the Raybestos Brakettes into a world class team.

Dolan coached for 37 years at Barlow High in Redding, amassing over 750 victories in three sports — soccer, baseball and golf.

 

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