College Coaches Clinic – Tufts University

Play the Game (Manchester, NH) is pleased to announce the lineup for the next scheduled clinic in our College Coaches Clinic series.

Tufts University

Tufts University

We will have Assistant Coaches Lauren Ebstein and Jo Clair from Back-to-Back NCAA Division III National Champions Tufts University here at our facility to put on a fast pitch Softball clinic focused on pitching and catching for ages 14 and up. Pitchers please bring your own catchers, or we can pair pitchers up with catchers from the clinic. The clinic will be held at our indoor facility located at 8051 South Willow Street, Manchester, NH 030103, on Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 9:00am – 12:00pm. The clinic is just $40 per player; and space is limited. I have heard that there might be a few spots still available, please email Jim Cardello to see if there’s a space available for this clinic.

Former Tufts Pitcher, Co-Captain, and current Assistant Coach Lauren Ebstein will be here working with pitchers. Lauren was an assistant coach for the 2014 NCAA Division III National Champion Tufts University Jumbos.

Lauren Ebstein

Lauren Ebstein

Prior to coaching at Tufts Lauren Ebstein was part of the Valparaiso Crusader coaching staff as an assistant coach for the 2013 season, working directly with the Crusader pitchers and catchers. Ebstein comes to Valpo after spending two seasons as an assistant at Colgate.

In her two seasons at Colgate, Ebstein helped guide the Raiders to a 28-11 mark in Patriot League play, including the league regular season title in 2011.  She coached the PL Pitcher of the Year in 2011 and three All-League selections at pitchers over her two seasons, as well as 10 total All-League choices.  Raider pitchers earned league Pitcher of the Week accolades seven times as well.

Prior to arriving at Colgate, Ebstein served as an assistant coach for two seasons at Tufts, helping guide the squad to a fourth-place finish at the Division  III College World Series in 2009. Part of the NFCA Division III New England Region Coaching Staff of the Year in 2009, Ebstein helped coach a pair of  conference championship squads and 14 All-Conference honorees over her two seasons, including the NESCAC Pitcher of the Year. A pair of players also earned  NFCA All-American honors during her tenure as well.

Ebstein was a four-year letterwinner for the Tufts softball team, during which time the team won a NESCAC championship in 2007 and appeared in three NCAA  Regionals. She also was selected as a team captain for her senior year. Ebstein graduated from Tufts in May of 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in English and  psychology, and received her master’s degree in journalism from Boston University in January of 2009.


To work with the catchers will be one of the most prolific offensive talents in NCAA Division III Softball history, Jo Clair.

Jo Clair - Tufts

Jo Clair – Tufts

She was a three-time Division III Softball All-American at Tufts. She won two straight NCAA Division III Softball National Championships, and she holds several Tufts Softball All-Time Records. Clair was a four-time All-NESCAC First Team selection. Jo Clair led the NESCAC in Home Runs and Runs Batted In during each of her four years at Tufts. She has established herself as arguably the best hitter in Tufts history, as she holds the program’s all-time records in home runs (61), RBI (207), runs scored (167) and total bases (470). Clair also boasts a .423 career batting average and a .861 career slugging percentage. When the NCAA Division III 2015 All-Time Record Book is written to include the 2014 season, Jo Clair will appear in that book even more times than she already does.

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