Miss Val has been the best and most helpful of all NCAA coaches on the USAG scandals. Mark Williams is another.
Needless to say, Miss Val has got some criticism for being so outspoken.
I have also been accused of “hating elite gymnastics and all elite coaches.” And to those people… please know, I have never said that, it is simply not true.
I “hate” the system we all (elite, club and college coaches alike) either embraced, turned a blind eye to or didn’t try hard enough to change. …
… After I wrote my initial “Time’s Up” piece, someone commented that I was as guilty as the people I was calling out because I never did anything about it.
Whomever you were… I hear you, I didn’t do enough. While striving to develop our own athletes from the inside out, I should have done more to address concerns at the elite level. So yes, I am a part of allowing this culture that I vehemently disagreed with to thrive for decades. …
For the record, I’ve always found UCLA to be one of the College teams most supportive of Elite and former Elite gymnasts.