Worcester, Mass. – Chris Johnson, a central figure for Clark University lacrosse for nearly a decade first as a student-athlete and then as the top assistant coach, has resigned his position it was announced recently by head coach Jeff Cohen.
Johnson has been appointed the Director of Sports and Recreation in his hometown of Amherst, Mass. In that role Johnson will oversee adult and youth sports programs as well as sports camps.
"CJ has meant so much to this program," said Clark head coach Jeff Cohen, who saw Johnson blossom under his tutelage in his final three seasons. "Obviously we are sad to see him go but are thrilled for him as he takes the next step in his professional life."
During his five seasons on the sidelines as Cohen's top assistant, Johnson helped recruit and develop the student-athletes who would eventually lead the Scarlet and White to unprecedented program heights. The Cougars made the first two postseason appearances in school history (2014, 2017), set school records for wins in a season, won their first-ever postseason game and appeared in the conference championship game for the first time.
Clark won 46 games in his five seasons and improved their win total in each of those years, culminating with a 13-5 campaign in his final season.
Johnson's time at Clark began as a student-athlete in the 2009 season and in four standout seasons he racked up 145 career points, including 97 goals – both totals that rank in the top five in program history when he graduated.
Incredibly consistent, Johnson scored at least one point in 53 of 56 contests and recorded 13 hat tricks in his career.
Johnson was a key cog during one of the winningest four-year stretches in program history. During his career, he helped the Cougars win 20 games – including 18 in his final three seasons under Cohen. Among those victories was a thrilling 11-10 double overtime win over Wheaton College for the first time in program history to end the 2011 season.
A second-team all-star in 2011 as a junior, Johnson was named the first-team in 2012 when he finished fourth in the league in scoring with 48 points and handed out a career-best 21 assists.
He was a recipient of the athletic department's Merit Award after his standout senior campaign which is given annually to the student-athlete that makes a significant impact on their sport.
A national search for Johnson's successor will begin immediately.