Jenny (Santos) Lafferty

Jenny (Santos) Lafferty, Hall of Fame Athlete

Jenny (Santos) Lafferty, Hall of Fame Athlete

Jenny (Santos) Lafferty was a standout softball and basketball player from 1981- 85 at San Marcos High School. A four-year letter winner in softball and two-year in basketball, Lafferty was the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table High School Athlete of the Year for Softball in 1983 and 1984. Lafferty led the Royals to two Channel League Championships in 1985 and 1985 earning First Team All-League honors in those same years. She was the team MVP in 1985 as well as an All-CIF and All-Southern-California Team selection in 1984. Lafferty notched an impressive .367 high school career batting average.

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.