Lafferty earned a softball scholarship to UCSB where she played from 1985-87. She was named UCSB’s Rookie of the Year in 1986 and Defensive Player of the Year in 1986 and 1987. Lafferty was the SBART College Athlete of the Year for Softball in 1987 as well as an NCAA Second-Team All-Region Selection.
Lafferty counts her proudest moment as being the first girl to make the Goleta Valley South Little League All-Star team in 1980, and her toughest being walking off the diamond for the last time as a player.
Lafferty, her husband Al and son A.J. (17 years) reside in Santa Barbara where she has worked with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department for 23 years. She volunteers as an assistant coach with the San Marcos varsity softball team and has coached in the Goleta Valley South Little League and Goleta Valley Girls Softball Association. She is also the Committee Chairperson for the St. Raphael’s Church “Safeguard the Children” program.