2021 Legends Division: Coach
Shane Lagerman was born in Traverse City, Mich., in 1957, the son of Clifford and Sally Lagerman. Lagerman will always be grateful that his parents made the sacrifices and decision to send all four of their children to the local Catholic school, Traverse City Saint Francis. Lagerman attended from the fall of 1963 to high school graduation in June of 1975. While at St. Francis High, Lagerman competed in downhill skiing, tennis, cross country and football (state champions, fall 1974) His senior year, Lagerman was awarded the Senior Athletic Award for his contributions to the athletic programs of the school. Lagerman began to teach CCD classes at his parish in 1977 while attending Northwestern Michigan College. Lagerman has been teaching theology ever since.
While at NMC, Lagerman competed for (No. 1) and coached the highly successful NMC alpine ski team, which competed in the MCSA. During the summers of those years, Lagerman played soccer on a men’s travelling soccer team in the Northern Lights Soccer League. Lagerman's favorite way to stay in athletic condition was to cycle; 30 mile rides up and over and around the Grand Traverse peninsula were common. In 1979, Shane entered the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Saint Mary's, Winona MN) as a seminarian for the Diocese of Gaylord. After a year of discernment and seminary life, Lagerman departed for Summit County Colorado to continue ski racing. After sustaining a knee injury, he returned to Michigan and completed his degree in philosophy from Northern Michigan University in 1985. Through all these years, Lagerman taught CCD at local parishes.
In 1985, Lagerman was hired at his alma mater, Saint Francis High School, to teach theology and coach the downhill ski teams and the tennis team. During his years at Saint Francis, Lagerman married Susan and together they started a family.
In the fall of 1991, the opportunity to join the faculty at Notre Dame Academy was offered and accepted. In the spring of 1993, Lagerman became the coach of the tennis program at NDA. He coached from the spring of 1993 until the spring of 1999 and again during the 2001-02 school year. He concluded his coaching career with an eight-year run from the fall of 2005 through the spring of 2013. During these eight years, the Tritons advanced to the WIAA state title match eight times, securing four state titles (girls in the fall of 2008, 2009 and 2010, and boys in 2012) and four state runner-up awards (girls in 2005 and 2011, and boys in 2011 and 2013). Triton tennis teams also garnered 10 WISAA regional titles, five WISAA third-place state finishes, 12 WIAA sectional titles and 12 conference championships (FRVC / FRCC). During the WIAA state championships, the Tritons were awarded the WIAA Rural Insurance Sportsmanship award for both the girls and boys programs. The Triton tennis players earned WIAA individual championships in all four categories: girls singles, boys singles, girls doubles and boys doubles in the last eight years of Lagerman's career. In 2013, Lagerman was inducted into the Brown County Tennis Hall of Fame.
Other contributions to NDA athletics include offering the varsity football prayer services on game day from 1995 to the present, filming of varsity football games from 1995-2018, hockey WIAA contest manager for the Tritons from 2006-2017 and varsity assistant track coach in 1992.
"I want to thank the Lord for all he has allowed me to do: to have a wonderful wife and family, to spend my life in Catholic education and to have met all the wonderful people along the way. Thank You, Notre Dame."
Coach Lagerman is pictured below in the NDA auditorium on Oct. 29, 2010 just after the school wide celebration of the WIAA state championship three-peat. Coach is holding a city declaration given by Mayor Jim Schmitt declaring the day as Triton Tennis Day in the city of Green Bay.