Sugnet Receives Lloyd Osborn Award

Diane Sugnet began her teaching and coaching career in 1980 at then-Central Intermediate School.  She’s been doing both ever since.

Sugnet, who over the years has coached basketball, volleyball, soccer and track, was recognized for her service to sports and the community with the 32nd annual Lloyd Osborn Award during the Midland High School girls’ track and field banquet last Wednesday.

The award is presented annually by the Midland Area Community Foundation to an individual who best exhibits the qualities of service to youth, sports and the community as did the late Lloyd Osborn, a teacher, coach and athletics director at then-Northeast Intermediate School.  Sugnet was nominated by Marty Hollenbeck, boys’ track and field coach at Midland High School.

“I love working with athletes and seeing them improve and succeed both on and off the track and court,” Sugnet said.  “I also enjoy visiting with them after they graduate and see how much they have grown and matured.”

Sugnet has been head coach for the Midland High girls’ track program for the past 21 years, succeeding Ann Swayze in 1992.  Swayze and Sugnet are the only girls’ track and field coaches in MHS history.

She was also a three-sport athlete when she attended Midland High School, competing in volleyball, basketball and track.

“Title IX was just beginning to take effect when I was in high school,” she said.  “Unfortunately, prior to high school there weren’t many sports I could participate in.”

Sugnet began running for the Fleet Feet Track Club when she was 9 years old.  As there was no girl’s track program at the time, Sugnet then ran for the boys track team at Northeast Intermediate School during the same period Lloyd Osborn was a physical education teacher.  She recalls Fleet Feet with fond memories.

“My Dad was one of my Fleet Feet track coaches and had a big impact on me.  He was always there to help me, but didn’t force me to practice,” said Diane.

As part of the award, the Midland Area Community Foundation is providing Sugnet with $1,000 to be distributed to a charity of her choice.  Sugnet is gifting the amount to the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI.