The LA Times has published an article about Miss Val’s retirement as head coach of UCLA Gymnastics following the 2019 season. They spoke to her in a phone interview about being in talks with UCLA to offer and co-professor a course on the late UCLA Basketball coach, John Wooden.
The article also talks about what else is ahead for Kondos Field, including a modern production of The Nutcracker Ballet and a “Full Out 2” film which will be based on the life of former UCLA gymnast, Christine Peng-Peng Lee.
Check out a snippet of the article below and read the entire piece on LA Times’ website.
As a former ballerina with no competitive gymnastics experience, Valorie Kondos Field took an unconventional path to becoming coach of the UCLA women’s gymnastics team and guiding the Bruins to seven NCAA titles. Her retirement won’t be conventional, either.
Kondos Field, 59, announced Thursday she will step aside after the 2019 season. She began as an assistant coach and choreographer in 1983 and became head coach in 1991, creating an atmosphere that nurtures flare and self-expression. UCLA has drawn gymnasts from many national and Olympic teams, among them 2012 U.S. gold medalist Kyla Ross and 2016 U.S. gold and silver medalist Madison Kocian. In addition to seven national titles, Kondos Field’s Bruins teams have won 19 NCAA regional titles and 14 Pac-12 titles. Her successor was not announced, but associate coach and UCLA alumnus Chris Waller figures to be the top candidate.
2019 UCLA Gymnastics Tentative Schedule
Jan. 4-6 – Nebraska (Pauley Pavilion)
Jan. 12 – vs. California, UC Davis, Michigan State at NCAA Challenge Powered by Under Armour (Anaheim Arena)
Jan. 18-20 – Arizona State (Pauley Pavilion)
Jan. 25-28 – at Stanford (Stanford, Calif.)
Feb. 1-3 – at Oregon State (Corvallis, Ore.)
Feb. 8-10 – at Washington (Seattle, Wash.)
Feb. 15-17 – Arizona (Pauley Pavilion)
Feb. 22-24 – at Utah (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Mar. 1-3 – at Oklahoma (Norman, Okla.)
Mar. 8-10 – Stanford (Pauley Pavilion)
Mar. 15-17 – Utah State (Pauley Pavilion)
Apr. 4-6 – NCAA Regionals (Georgia, Michigan, LSU, Oregon State)
Apr. 19-20 – NCAA Championships (Fort Worth, Texas)