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!

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An Eclectic Mailbag

Posted on April 7, 2020 in The Team by Val Prochaska.

Looking to talk about something other than Corona Spring, Hoos Place is happy to answer some of your questions on a number of fronts as regards Virginia's sports programs. As always, I am joined by Seattle Hoo, St Lou Hoo, Karl Hess, Robert Elder, Maize and Blue Wahoo and Hooamp as we dive into football, baseball, men's basketball and women's soccer.


For the third time in 5 years, the Cavalier hosted the Louisville Cardinals in the final game of the regular season at the JPJ.  Virginia was playing for seniors Mamadi Diakite and Braxton Key, but also with the small hope of securing the ACC regular season title should FSU lose. Given that the Seminoles had stumbled a bit down the stretch, losing to Clemson and escaping from South Bend, it was a very real possibility.  All Virginia had to do was win.

StLouHoo dubbed this a trap game two weeks ago, and sandwiched between games against Duke and Louisville, it certainly could have proved to be so. But in another butt-ugly game (rock fight doesn’t do justice to the ghastliness of this contest) Virginia prevailed yet again.