Jacqueline Lavallee has been an assistant coach with the Huskie women’s basketball program for the past 20 seasons. In that time, the Huskies have won two CIS National Championships (2016 and 2020), and eight Canada West titles, (2022, 2020, 2019, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2011, 2006), and have qualified for the CIS Championship eleven of the last thirteen seasons.
Lavallee is a former member of the Huskie women’s basketball and soccer teams, playing from 1996-2002. She won the Sylvia Sweeney Award and was a Canada West All-Star in basketball and soccer and a CIS All-Canadian in basketball and soccer. She has been inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame, the University of Saskatchewan Athletic Wall of Fame, the Holy Cross High School Wall of Honor, and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame.
Lavallee represented Canada at two World University Games including one in 1999 in China and in 2001 in Spain and was a part of national team programming from 1999-2004. After playing a season of professional basketball in Marburg, Germany, Lavallee decided to come back to Canada to start her career in teaching and coaching.
Besides coaching at the university level, she was also the head coach of the Cadet women’s National team that qualified for the first ever under-17 World Championships in France in the summer of 2010. Lavallee was not just an athlete as she was recognized for her academics as the CIS Top 8 All-Academic in 2002 which made her the first athlete from Huskie athletics to receive this honour. Jacqueline was also recognized as the Regional Recipient of the Tom Longboat Award as an athlete in 2000 and then became the National Recipient of the Tom Longboat Award for coaching in 2008.
Lavallee’s accomplishments along with her community involvement afforded her another honour of being named the 2010 Olympic Torchbearer and Cauldron Lighter for the city of Saskatoon.