Jennifer Laney enters her fifth year at the helm of the Moose athletic programs. She serves as both the Athletic Director and the Director of Student Life at UMA. Laney also serves as the Vice President for the Yankee Small College Conference (YSCC).
During her time as Athletic Director, Laney has been instrumental in advancing the athletic department in the areas of academic success, athletic achievement, and community service. Serving as the chair of the athletic strategic planning committee, she has provided vision for growth and development. During her five years as Athletic Director, she has grown the sport offerings with the addition of men's and women's track and field as well as implemented the UMA Athletics Hall of Fame. Over the past five years, the Moose teams have recieved seven bids to USCAA National Tournaments and honored three USCAA National Student-Athletes of the Year; Keith Chesley (2015), Carmen Bragg (2018), Noah Thompson (2019).
In 2016, Laney implemented a partnership with Team Impact in which the men's and women's basketball teams signed two children, a brother and sister with cystic fibrosis, to join their teams. It was for these efforts that the Moose earned the YSCC Community service honor in 2019.
Laney also served as women's basketball coach from 2010-2018. Under Laney's leadership, the Lady Moose earned three bids to the USCAA National Tournament, including the first in UMA history for the women's basketball team. She had an overall record of 134-85 (0.612), coached three YSCC Players of the Year, netted one YSCC regular season championship, and her teams made seven YSCC final four appearnces. Laney coached seven 1,000 point scorers including Ashely Peaslee, Katie Poirier, Jennifer Lola, Arreonte Lee, Jamie Plummer, Darby Toth, and Cailtin LaFountain. Coach Laney was named YSCC Coach of the Year in 2011, 2015, and 2018.
Laney is a graduate of the University of Maine, with a master’s in Student Development and Higher Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Food Science and Human Nutrition. She originally began her collegiate career at Roanoke College in Virginia where she competed on the track team, throwing shot put, discus, javelin and hammer. Coach Laney is currently pursuing a terminal degree at the University of Maine in Higher Education with a focus on athletic culture and gender equity.