Jess Gysin is a professional beach volleyball player who achieved All-America status in college and piled up the player of the year honors in high school.
This past weekend, she married Chicago Bears backup quarterback Jimmy Clausen. Clausen, a former second round draft pick out of Notre Dame, hasn’t seen much field time since his rookie season in 2010, but did start 1 game for the Bears this year.
Gysin is an athlete and a marketing professional with a Master’s degree.
Here’s what you need to know about Gysin:
1. Gysin Married Clausen This Past Weekend
Gysin married Chicago Bears backup quarterback Jimmy Clausen over the Valentines’s Day weekend at the Toscana Country Club in Indian Wells, California.
Gysin and Clausen had been dating since 2012 and he proposed last February 23.
A few NFL players were on hand, including Golden Tate and Michael Floyd, who played with Clausen at Notre Dame, and Jonathan Stewart, who was on the Panthers with the quarterback.
You can read more about the wedding here.
2. She Was a Standout Volleyball Player at USC
Gysin wrapped up her USC volleyball career in 2009. The outside hitter finished with 1,313 kills with 51 service aces, 1,034 digs, 211 blocks (89 solo, 122 assisted) and 1,514.0 points. Her point total places her 2nd on the school’s career list.
A sprained ankle limited her to one match in her freshman season in 2004 and a torn ACL in her left knee caused her to miss the entire 2005 season.
Gysin was named to the Volleyball Magazine All-America second team her junior year in 2008 and AVCA All-America honorable mention as a senior. She was named to the All-Pac-10 team both of those seasons.
3. Gysin Became a Professional Beach Volleyball Player After College
After finishing at USC, Gysin joined the professional volleyball ranks in the Cuervo Pro Beach Series.
She was the rookie of the year in 2011 and had 9 top 10 finishes on the domestic tour.
Gysin had the honor of being the only player to team with 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist Kerry Walsh domestically.
Since her volleyball days, she has also been a Media Relations Manager at Hyperice, Inc. and has worked in PR.
Gysin has a Masters degree in Communication and Media Studies from USC.
4. She Is 6-Foot-1
Gysin is 6-foot-1, just 1 inch shorter than her new husband, Clausen (6-2).
The 29-year-old, though, is 2 years older than Clausen (27).
She was born in Santa Cruz, California, and was a 4-year starter and 4-time state champion at St. Francis High School. Gysin dominated in high school, garnering numerous player of the year honors throughout her 4 years.
5. Gysin Has Also Modeled
Gysin has also dabbled in modeling and, judging from her social media accounts, she is not camera shy.
She also has a website, but it appears it hasn’t been updated in a while.
You can follow Clausen on Twitter @JimmyClausen.