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Dear UCLA

Dear UCLA

In honor of UCLA celebrating their centennial birthday, I’ve decided to share the speech I wrote for my farewell banquet honoring the greatest university in the world. Dear UCLA, thank you for a life I would have never imagined.  For more than half my life you have welcomed me as a steward of one of […]

Storybook Ending

Storybook Ending

Storybook Endings ~ we all dream of them. We plan for them, work for them, hope and pray for them. How often do they actually turn out? I like to think that if I work hard and smart at something, that eventually my determination and discipline will collide with a bit of luck and that […]

No Regrets

No Regrets

When you know, you know. It’s really a tranquil feeling when you absolutely know that you are making the right decision. Being able to walk away from a coaching career on my own terms, fully knowing it’s the right time is one of the final gifts I will receive from my time as UCLA’s head […]

Balance vs. Harmony

Balance vs. Harmony

I have been asked a lot these past few months, “How are you managing to do it all?” An interesting, and at first, daunting question to ponder. “It all” includes all of the responsibilities that go into coaching the UCLA Gymnastics team along with all of the media attention and requests that are a result […]

Miss Val’s Favorite Floor Routines*

Miss Val’s Favorite Floor Routines*

I could have retired a long time ago if I received a nickel every time someone asked me what my favorite floor routine was. So when I wrote my first book, “Life is Short, Don’t Wait to Dance” I knew I had to address this topic. In it, I share the routines I believe pushed […]

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