Dee Dee Foster on Alabama

David Patterson coached the great Dee Dee Foster to become the first Elite gymnast from the state of Alabama, the first gymnast in the State to qualify as a USA national team member.

Dee Foster Worley:

… when I learned Sarah and David were stepping down as one of the most dominant coaching tandems in any sport – and that Dana had been tapped as the new head coach – I cried.

I cried for the 35 years Sarah and David have been in my life, teaching me to properly steward my gifts and my womanhood.

I cried because I know that Sarah’s passionate commitment to the University of Alabama gymnastics program is an eternal flame that will never extinguish.

I cried because David, who is one of the best coaches that has ever or will ever grace the planet, will end his gymnastics coaching career as he lived it: humbly in the background, holding everyone up with his quiet might and taking none of the credit for his immeasurable contribution to their success.

I cried because, although I will miss seeing my mentors at the helm, I am almost airborne with joy because my good friend has earned the opportunity of a lifetime.

I cried because I know Dana will be heavily armed with the beautiful burden of continuing a legacy of – not just excellence – but supremacy.

I cried because I can see what’s ahead for my good friend. And it’s the same thing that’s always been ahead for her: a steady, sturdy, next-level rise and a long, fruitful trailblazing journey.

Roll Tide.

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Dee was the 1985 USA National All-Around champion. The first African-American gymnast to compete for the Crimson Tide.

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