2020 Jean K. Freeman Keynote: Valorie Kondos Field
We were thrilled to welcome “Miss Val,” to the 2020 Women Coaches Symposium before it was cancelled due to COVID-19. We hope to invite her back in the future. Stay tuned!
Valorie Kondos Field is the retired head coach of the seven-time NCAA Champion, 22-time Regional and 18-time Pac 12 Champion UCLA Women’s Gymnastics team. Inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010, the four-time “National Coach of the Year” was also named “West Region Coach” of the Year and Pac 12 “Coach of the Century” for her solid track record as a preeminent coach.
Affectionately known by her gymnasts as “Miss Val,” her reputation is only one reason that 46 former US national team members came through her program and why half of the last two Olympic teams committed to UCLA. Valorie’s coaching success can be attributed to her extraordinary leadership and mentorship of young student-athletes, and the way in which she used gymnastics as an avenue through which to teach valuable life lessons, while encouraging individuality and joy. Something Valorie learned from the late John Wooden, the legendary and most successful collegiate basketball coach of all time, who was one of her biggest inspirations, as well as a close mentor and friend.
Past Jean K. Freeman Keynote Speakers
- 2019 Jean K. Freeman Keynote Speaker: Cheryl Reeve
- 2018 Jean K. Freeman Keynote Speaker: Susan Teeter
- 2017 Jean K. Freeman Keynote Speaker: Jill Ellis
- 2016 Jean K. Freeman Keynote Speaker: Lin Dunn
- 2015 Jean K. Freeman Keynote Speaker: Sue Enquist
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