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:

Former Virginia target Armando Bacot was on the court despite twisting his ankle so badly it seemed that he’d be out the month of December. Would his presence be a game changer?



Welcome to the first Hoos Place Roundtable of the season. I’m joined by Hoos Place stalwarts Seattle Hoo, StLou Hoo, HooAmp, MaizeandBlue Wahoo, and the unimaginatively-named Robert Elder, in the virtual ManCave. Some arrived here after the Purdue shellacking, so I have made some slight edits. 


Purdue coach Matt Painter and legions of Boilermakers have had this date circled in red on the calendar since the ACC v B1G challenges games were announced back in June. In a season where the Cavaliers will always have the big X on their back, this game was always going to be the biggest X.  Would UVa be up to the task of walking into Mackey Arena and shutting up a raucous crowd?

No. No. Definitely not.