May 15, 2001
COLUMBUS, Ohio--Lori Walker, Ohio State women's soccer head coach, has had a busy offseason. Not only has she guided her team through a successful spring, but she also has picked up a new profession--broadcasting.
Walker will serve as the color analyst for the New York Power of the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA), the professional women's soccer league in its inaugural season this year. The Madison Square Garden (MSG) Network signed Walker to a five-game package, ending in July.
"It has been fun to be involved with the WUSA in this capacity, in such a hands-on way," Walker said. "Like many other women's soccer players, I look at this league as a dream come true. (Commentating) has enabled me to look at the game in a completely different light, it has broadened my professional outlook."
Joining Walker is veteran soccer broadcaster Joe Tolleson (play-by-play), who has called games for the MLS Metrostars since its inception in 1996, and sideline reporter Brad Feldman. The trio made its debut May 6 when the Power took on the Carolina Courage. Ellen Weinberg and Amy Allman will rotate duties with Walker in the booth.
Walker, a 1994 graduate of the University of North Carolina, is entering her fifth year at the helm of women's soccer. A member of three national championship teams and three Atlantic Coast Conference championship teams while at UNC, Walker compiled an 86-1-5 (.962) record as a goalkeeper from 1988-91. She allowed 10 goals in 2,206 minutes of play to end her career in 1991 and still holds the NCAA Tournament record with an amazing 0.00 goals against average.
MSG Network will air a total of ten Power games (six at home, four on the road) beginning with the team's inaugural game at Mitchel Athletic Complex April 29.