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Valerie Kondos Field, author of LIFE IS SHORT, DON'T WAIT TO DANCE.

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Valorie Kondos Field—or Miss Val, as she’s affectionately known by the scores of champion gymnasts she’s coached over her career—has no background in gymnastics. She never tumbled, flipped, or played any type of organized sport. And yet she has been able to craft a legendary, hall of fame coaching career through curiosity, creativity, attention to detail, and unwavering care for the overall well-being of her athletes. Now she is set to share stories and lessons learned throughout her career in her new book, LIFE IS SHORT, DON’T WAIT TO DANCE.

Miss Val has shaped her UCLA Gymnastics program as a life skills class, and now she's sharing those same lessons with readers who want to own their destiny.  For Miss Val, it’s not about winning and losing, it’s about choreographing your life and owning the choices you make. Her philosophies are timeless. Her coaching style is unorthodox.

LIFE IS SHORT, DON’T WAIT TO DANCE is a thought-provoking, fun journey through the personal stories and anecdotes of the 35-year career of a dancer/choreographer turned athletic coach. Included are Miss Val's favorite memories of her mentor, legendary basketball coach John Wooden, as well as unforgettable stories of the Olympians and athletes with whom she’s worked.

Valorie Kondos Field is head coach of the seven-time NCAA Champion, 22-time Regional and 18- time Pac 12 Champion UCLA Women’s Gymnastics team. One of only two active coaches to be inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010, the four-time “National Coach of the Year” was recently named “West Region Coach” of the Year and Pac 12 “Coach of the Century” for her solid track record as a preeminent coach.