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Jane Hadden Geisse ’72

Jane Hadden Geisse Athletics Hall of Fame

Jane Hadden Geisse '72

Field Hockey, Basketball, Lacrosse


A graduate of the Class of 1972 and a Dial, Jane Hadden Geisse is recognized for excellence in field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse at Walker’s, and for being a multi-sport athlete ever since. Her inherent desire to involve herself with opportunities and people around her showed itself early at Walker’s, where she was President of the Dials, a prefect, President of Bell Choir, a Cicerone, and a member of the art, science, and drama clubs. She received the Voorhees Cup at Commencement.

Going on to Middlebury College, Jane played four years of varsity lacrosse as well as ice hockey with the men (there was no women’s team at the time). After college she played on several soccer teams, was a professional equestrian, and took up mountaineering. Jane ran at Waker’s before there was a track or cross country team, and continued running until her 40s, when she took up cycling. At the age of 53 she became competitive in bike racing, winning medals in the Senior Olympics and the Master’s Nationals — second in the country and fifth in the world in her division. Today, she competes on her horse in team penning. In Jane’s own words, “I simply cannot imagine not having a sport and competing; it would be like not being able to breathe.”