Softball

2017 RECORD 34-12; NESCAC: 10-2; NR -- NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: 4 NESCAC CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: 6

Johanna Clair
Johanna Clair
Nickname: Jo
Title: Catching Consultant
Previous College: Tufts '14

Johanna Clair enters her first year of consulting with the Amherst staff after assisting the last two years at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges.

Jo is the founder and owner of Protect the Plate - a platform dedicated to providing catcher-specific instruction and using the sport to build character and culture for young women at the youth level.

Clair graduated from Tufts University in 2014 and then stayed on as an assistant coach for the Jumbos in the 2015 season.  The team finished with an undefeated record of 51-0 while capturing a third-straight Division III National Championship.  She continued her collegiate coaching career at Division III Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in Southern California for two years and helped the Athenas earn their seventh NCAA bid in eight years. 

As a student-athlete at Tufts, Clair served as a captain for two teams that won National Championships in 2013 and 2014.  As a senior, Jo was named NESCAC Player of the Year and Co-Most Outstanding Player of the 2014 Softball Championships.  A three-time All-American catcher, Clair finished her career with 67 home runs ranking third all-time among Division III players.  Jo was also named the 2014 Diamond Catcher of the Year, handling a pitching staff that ranked second in the country in earned run average.

Clair earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a pre-med academic track while also being heavily involved in Tufts athletics leadership.  For her contributions on the field, in the classroom, and in the community, Jo was the NESCAC’s 2014 nomination for NCAA Women of the Year award. A native of Glastonbury, CT, Clair graduated from Glastonbury High School in 2010.