Ms. Lauren Dailey attended West Vigo from 1997 – 2000 where she participated for four years in volleyball, basketball, track and one year in softball. While here she compiled 13 varsity letters and was awarded Most Outstanding Female Athlete Award her senior year. She received the Vernon R. and Lavern K. McMillan Memorial Award as the top female athlete in Vigo County in 2000.
She was a four year starter and letter winner in volleyball as a setter and front row hitter. Lauren held or still holds the most blocks in a match (13) and most blocks in a season (210) record. As team captain her senior year she was named to the WIC All-Conference team and All-County 1st team. She was also a member of the 1997 Girls Softball Sectional team.
In track and field, Lauren participated in the 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, 4×400 meter relay and the high jump. She was the Sectional Champion in high jump in 1998 and 1999 by jumping a personal best of 5’4”. Her junior year her 4×400 meter relay team qualified for regionals and she won the 400 meter Sectional in 2000 by running a personal best of 0:59.8 seconds.
Lauren was a four year starter and letter winner in basketball, in which, each year she was All-County and All-Area 1st team. In 2000, she was named to the WIC All-Conference team and invited to play in the Hoosier Basketball Coaches Association East-West game. She held or still holds records including Single game assists (13), Season assists (192), FT % (80%), 3-pointers made (36), Career points (1,348), Career Assists (343), Steals (214) and 3-point goals (91). Her senior year she lead the team to a Sectional win by hitting a shot with less than: 02 seconds to go.
After high school, Lauren attended Eastern Illinois University on a full ride 4 year basketball scholarship. Lauren was a four year starter for the Panthers and team captain from 2001-2004. During her time at Eastern she became a member of the 1,000 point club (1,247) and is currently ranked 16th all-time. Her senior year she lead the team in scoring and 3-point field goals made (40). Lauren still holds career records at Eastern Illinois including: #8 in assists (383), #2 free-throw percentage (82.0%), #2 3-point field goals made (162), #7 3-point field goal percentage (38.6%) and #4 3-point field goals made in a season (56). Lauren graduated with Bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communication and received her Master’s degree in Athletic Administration while assistant coaching at her alma mater basketball team for two years.
After graduating with her Master’s degree, Lauren moved to Chicago to start her career with State Farm Insurance. She has worked for State Farm for 9 years, in areas including Bodily Injury claims, Agency Recruiting and is currently an Agency Field Specialist in Indianapolis.
“I have so many great memories playing sports at West Vigo. Some of those memories are personal accomplishments but most of them are of the teams I was a part of and the amazing women I was able to play with. I remember wanting to be the best female athlete by my senior year to follow in the footsteps of Bridget Miller and Pandy Long. I loved the 12:00 a.m. first of the year volleyball practice with Coach Hatcher and driving home from practice, in tears from laughter, after a long two a day practice with my teammates Cassidy Easton and Aubry Papinchock. I loved running sprints down the hallways to get ready for track season with Cami DeGroote and Saturday morning basketball practice where I would battle it out with Gretchen Crockett. During my time at West Vigo I had many different and amazing coaches, from Coach Faith Hatcher making sure I never let someone else win, Coach Lou Brackell making sure I wasn’t “too shy to let it fly,” Coach Mike Miller getting in my face when I needed it, Coach Dave Cassell for helping me understand the game of basketball and not just playing it, and Coach Rayetta Minton for loving and caring so much that my life is better having her in it. I’ll never forget where I came from, I’ll always be a Viking as it has helped shape who I am today.”
“Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t thank my family for always being there and being the backbone and support needed. All of the accomplishments in my life are due to the dedication my parents had in attending every game, match or meet. Sitting in a cold gym or at a rainy track, they were always there and it meant and means the world to me.”