Jessica Johnson enters her third season as head coach of the Amherst College softball program. A four-year standout outfielder and shortstop at Wheaton College, Johnson comes to Amherst following an eight-year stint as head coach of the Brandeis University softball program.
After leading the Purple & White to a 16-12 overall record in her first season at the helm, Johnson added eight more wins in 2016, propelling Amherst to an impressive 24-12 mark and qualifying the Purple & White for the NESCAC Championship tournament for the first time since 2012.
While at Brandeis, Johnson was named the 2010 University Athletic Association (UAA) Coach of the Year after guiding the Judges to the program’s first-ever NCAA Division III Championship berth where they finished third at the New England regional. In addition to its appearance in the NCAA postseason, Johnson directed Brandeis to the ECAC Division III New England tournament six times, including the title and a school-record 38 wins in 2008. Under Johnson’s supervision, the Judges notched 20 or more wins in each of her eight seasons, and secured 27 or more victories in four of those campaigns. She also coached three All-Americans and 11 players who earned 17 All-New England selections.
Before her time at Brandeis, Johnson was the head coach at Mount Ida College during the 2005 and 2006 seasons leading the program to its two highest win totals at the time. Prior to her two-year stint as head coach of the Mustangs, Johnson served as an assistant at Mount Ida in 2004, and as an assistant at Framingham State College in 2003.
As a player, Johnson was a standout outfielder and shortstop at Wheaton College. She was a four-year starter who earned All-American honors for the Lyons in 1995 and 1997, is among Wheaton’s career leaders in most offensive categories, and is still its career leader in batting average and slugging percentage. Wheaton made two appearances in the NCAA Division III tournament during her career, finishing third in the nation in her junior campaign (1997). That same season, Johnson led the nation in home runs with 16.
A 1998 graduate of Wheaton with a degree in English literature, Johnson was a four-time Academic All-Conference selection in the New England Women’s Eight. She earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Lesley University in 2002.
Jessica Johnson's Career Coaching Record (274-210-3 Overall)
Mount Ida College (2 seasons, 25-45)
Brandeis University (8 seasons, 209-129-3)
Amherst College (3rd season, 73-34)