Class of 2018
You'd be hard pressed to find a more heralded student-athlete than Kelly Johnson.
An All-NEWMAC performer in both field hockey and softball, Kelly was recognized regionally by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association and the ECAC. The 2006 NEWMAC Rookie of the Year was also named to the WomensFieldHockey.com National Division III All-Rookie Squad.
For her work in the classroom, the six-time NEWMAC Academic All-Conference selection earned three CoSIDA Academic All-America accolades to go with an NFHCA National Academic Squad honor.
“Kelly Johnson was undoubtedly a great athlete, but what was more important to her was the success of the team and her teammates,” remarked head coach Lisa Moreau. “Her willingness to put team first made her a joy to coach. She was willing to take on any challenge and had the respect of all her teammates and the entire coaching staff.”
The two-sport captain claimed three of four awards at the annual athletics banquet and went on to be the NEWMAC’s Woman of the Year nominee.
During the fall, Kelly totaled 22 goals and 14 assists in 62 games, including 61 starts. Two of her four career game-winners were 1-0 triumphs versus Western New England in 2008 and at Wheaton in 2009.
“Ice hockey has the Gordy Howe hat trick with a goal, an assist and a fight,” quipped Associate Athletic Director and Sports Information Director Rusty Eggen. “Field hockey has the Kelly Johnson hat trick with a goal, an assist, and a defensive save. One moment she was making an offensive play on one end of the field and the next saving the bacon on the defensive end.”
“Kelly is an athlete with true natural ability,” recalled field hockey and softball teammate and 2015 Hall of Fame inductee Nicole Maglione. “We (her teammates) were always relieved when the ball went to her because we knew she’d do something big with it. I’m glad I wasn’t a defender on the opposite team because her stroke on corners resembled a slap shot.”
The spring saw Kelly’s batting average improve each year culminating with a .333 in 2010. The centerfielder also accumulated 12 extra-base hits featuring four home runs to go with 17 RBI as a senior. As a rookie, Kelly led the Engineers with five stolen bases.
Maglione continued, “Kelly also led by example. Her dedication on and off the field inspired her teammates to work harder and be better.”
A native of Buxton, Maine, Kelly graduated from WPI in 2010 with a degree in mechanical engineering. She attended graduate school at Stanford University, where she earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering. She works for Amazon as a senior product design engineer creating Alexa products. She lives in Oakland, Calif., where she enjoys playing field hockey and golfing.