Our Great Coach on this episode is Valorie Kondos Field.
Valerie, or Miss Val as she’s more affectionately known, was the head of coach of the UCLA Gymnastics team from 1991 to 2019, leading the team to 7 national and 18 Pac 12 Championships.
She was voted NCAA Coach of the Year four times by her peers and in 2016 was voted the Coach of the Century by the PAC12 Conference.
Her 2019 TED Talk, titled Why winning doesn’t always equal success, has been viewed over 3 million times, and she recently released a best selling book called Life is Short, Don’t Wait to Dance.
Valerie is a passionate, warm and inspiring person and in this discussion she shares her hard won wisdom on topics ranging from the beauty of imperfection to beating cancer with a mindset focused on gratitude.
She embraces her vulnerability and uses it to reflect on her career as a coach where, in her words, shes wishes her athletes could have been led by the coach she was in the last 10 years of her career.
Valorie’s Book on Amazon | Life Is Short, Don’t Wait to Dance
TED Women 2019 | Why Winning Doesn’t Always Equal Success
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