Jeannie (Asper) Walsh played volleyball for the Pride from 1988 through 1991 and was a key cog on a team that won 124 matches during her career, the highest four-year total in program history.
Playing for Hall of Fame Coach Fran Kalafer, Jeannie compiled 1,115 kills and 532 blocks to go along with a career hitting percentage of .302. Her kills total ranks ninth all-time, while her 532 blocks is third all-time and her hitting percentage stands fifth in the Hofstra record book. In addition, she is third all-time in solo blocks with 166, second in block assists with 366, first in sets played with 550 and first in matches played with 162.
A four-time All-East Coast Conference selection, Jeannie was the 1988 East Coast Conference Rookie of the Year and then closed her career by earning the 1991 East Coast Conference and team Most Valuable Player Award.
Jeannie not only left her mark in the Hofstra record book, but also in the NCAA’s. She ranks fifth all-time in NCAA history in matches played, 11th all-time in sets played and second in consecutive sets played with 515.
After graduating from Hofstra in 1992 with a degree in liberal arts, Jeannie moved to California to work for Jammin Apparel where she designed and sold uniforms to athletic teams. Returning to the East Coast a few years later, Jeannie earned a master’s in health administration from Hofstra in 1995. She then returned to California to work for Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles.
In 1997 Jeannie married fellow Hofstra alum John Walsh and moved back East. Now residing in Ridgefield, Connecticut, Jeanne has worked for the ALS Association of Connecticut and for Purdue Pharma.