Lisa Wallin LeClair
Lisa Wallin LeClair
Title: Assistant Coach - Throws and Multi

Lisa LeClair is in her 17th year as the Tufts women's throws coach, and her seventh season coaching the men's throwers. She has guided Tufts student-athletes to great success in the throwing events since joining the Tufts staff for the 2005-06 season.

She and her husband, Jon, work together coaching Jumbo throwers and have mentored over 20 NESCAC and New England Champions, as well as numerous All-Americans in the shot put, discus, hammer throw, weight throw, and pentathlon.

Lisa was the U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association New England Region Assistant Coach of the Year three straight times from 2011-13. During that time, she and Jon mentored 2013 Tufts graduate Kelly Allen who was four-year All-American, the national runner-up in the discus twice and who also earned fourth-place finishes in the discus twice at the NCAA Championships. She also achieved a discus PR of 163'6" (49.85m). Ronke Oyekunle was a three-time NCAA qualifier and 2013 indoor All-American in the shot put with a career-best of 45’1" (14.74m) for the Jumbos while coached by the LeClair's. Sabienne Brutus was also a three-time national qualifier and a weight throw All-American indoors in 2013. She had PR's of 58'1" (17.70m) in the weight throw and 178'7" (54.43m) in the hammer.

Lisa also works with Jumbo multi-event performers and helped Jana Hieber achieve a school-record 3,691 points while finishing third at the NCAA Indoor Championships in 2014.

On the men's side, Lisa and Jon's coaching highlights include working with 2019 NESCAC shot put champion - Kevin Quisumbing - was mentored by the LeClair's. Other recent successes with both teams include Evelyn Drake winning the 2018 conference hamer throw title. Throwers Amylee Anyoha, Michael Paolian, Jennifer Sherwill, Atticus Swift and Christian Trebisacci also achieved All-NESCAC (top three) status under the LeClair's tutelage since 2016.

Lisa was part of the Tufts women’s track & field coaching staffs that were honored as NESCAC's best for the shortened 2021 season last spring and in 2013. She was on the men's staffs that won this recognition in 2015 and 2016.

A 2001 graduate of Wheaton College, Lisa was a member of the Lyons' 1999 NCAA Championship team in track & field. They were inducted into the Lyon's Yowell Hall of Fame in 2015. She also played soccer and captained the track and field team. As a heptathlete, she found most of her success in the throws, qualifying for the NCAAs in the shot put.

Lisa is a seventh grade teacher at Dedham Middle School and also helps coach the varsity girl’s soccer team at Dedham High School.  She and Jon have been married since 2012, and have a son named Sawyer. They both grew up in Lebanon, N.H.