Olivia Leclerc '12
Olivia Leclerc '12
Title: Volunteer Assistant Coach
Year: 5th
Alma Mater: Saint Michael's '12

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Olivia Leclerc '12 returns for her fifth year as a volunteer assistant coach with the Saint Michael's softball program in 2018.

The Purple and Gold finished the 2017 season 12-20 overall and 11-11 in the Northeast-10 Conference, going 12-10 over the final 25 days of the spring. Saint Michael's finished just one game short of qualifying for its first NE10 Championship since 2005, narrowly missing out despite such memorable moments as walking off 2016 NCAA Tournament qualifier Le Moyne College during a doubleheader split and winning the three-game season series from perennial regional power Southern New Hampshire, 2-1. The Purple Knights blanked second-place Saint Anselm College, 2-0, as the only NE10 Northeast Division to do so in 2017. Against Merrimack College, the divisional champion and an eventual NCAA Tournament champion, Saint Michael's lost close 5-3 and 2-1 (10 innings) decisions while being swept in an April 13 twinbill.

Saint Michael's tied its highest win total since 2007 while claiming the program's most league victories since that same 2007 season. The NE10 broke into two divisions in 2013, and the Purple Knights' 10 divisional triumphs were their most since the split. The Purple and Gold was buoyed by its best team pitching in a decade, as its earned run average and opposing batting average was its best since 2007, while the Purple Knights matched their highest shutout total in 10 seasons. They issued their fewest walks since 2010 and yielded the lowest home run total since 2005.

In 2016, Saint Michael's put up some of the biggest offensive numbers in program history, placing among the all-time top 10 in hits, doubles, home runs and RBIs, while Purple and Gold pitchers fanned the most batters in nine years. The Purple Knights' biggest victory came by a 4-2 count over 25th-ranked Southern New Hampshire, which had won the last two NE-10 Championships and would later qualify for its third consecutive NCAA Tournament.

The Purple Knights picked up both of their wins in walk-off fashion during extra innings in 2015, and by 1-0 finals. On April 16, they downed eventual NCAA Tournament qualifier Saint Anselm in eight innings before defeating Merrimack in nine innings two days later. Saint Michael's rapped 26 doubles, their highest count in five years.

In 2014, the Purple and Gold's challenging schedule saw it play one quarter of its games against opponents that either qualified for the previous year's NCAA Tournament, were receiving national votes or were regionally ranked. Eleven losses came by three runs or less. Among the Purple Knights' highlights were a victory over eventual NE-10 Championship qualifier Pace University, their first road win ever against the Setters.

Leclerc, who qualified for the NE-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll due to academic excellence multiple times, graduated from Saint Michael's in 2012 after earning degrees in elementary education and American studies. A senior captain, Leclerc appeared in 26 career contests as a catcher and third baseman after a standout career at nearby Colchester High School.