Val Prochaska

I was a fan of ACC basketball long before I attended the University, so unlike most alumni, I've never hated any team in the conference. That is, until Maryland turned tail and ran away to the B1G Ten. What a preposterous conference for a Mid Atlantic school. Now, I hate Maryland.

I came to UVa hoping to walk on to the men's soccer team, and I played well enough at tryouts to earn one full scrimmage against the team as they prepared for a game vs Clemson. I trained so hard that next summer, I was determined I was going to make the team 2nd year. Then I saw John Harkes and knew I wasn't going any further with my soccer.

So, I started coaching 2nd year for the Soccer Organization of Charlottesville and Albermarle, and some 35 years later, I'm still coaching. Over the years, I've gravitated towards girls. If we believe in an egalitarian society, if we think women ought to be "gutsy," then girls ought to have the same athletic opportunities as the boys.

I love women's sports. Well, except for field hockey. It's a wretched game, the cultural heir to Iowa women's basketball. Thanks to the ACC Network finally adding women's soccer to their lineup, I have the chance to see our women in action.

I'll try to make the ride as interesting as I can. Come on board!

Val Prochaska's Articles:

Virginia opened a 14 point lead over the host Panthers with 5 minutes left in the second half. The Cavaliers would convert only one bucket down the stretch and committed a trio of mind-boggling turnovers and allowed Pitt back into the game.  Would UVa be able to hold on for the road victory?

On a night when NC State would clobber Duke, Virginia had a chance to gain ground on the ACC leaders. But first, the Cavaliers had to best Boston College, a team that had embarrassed us 6 weeks earlier in Chestnut Hill.  How would Virginia fare in the rematch?


UNC was jobbed by the refs in their last game at the Dean Dome, as Duke escaped with a win. Still at the bottom of the ACC, would the Tar Heels be able to deny just-barely-in-the-field UVa from a much needed win?