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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The Third Hoos Place Roundtable

Posted on January 22, 2019, in The Team by Valentine.

Well, we’re back for another roundtable discussion and I’m pleased to welcome Seattle Hoo, StLou Hoo and Maize and Blue Wahoo.  OK, in the last week we blew the doors off of Virginia Tech and lost to Duke at Cameron. The Tech game seems so long ago that I’m just going to jump in with Duke.



Roundtable Part Deux

Posted on November 25, 2018, in The Team by Valentine.

Welcome to our second Roundtable of the season as we wrap the Battle 4 Atlantis, and look ahead to the ACC vs B1G matchup that is Maryland. I'm joined again by Seattle Hoo, MaizeandBlueWahoo, and StLouHoo.  Let's get right to it, shall we?



Either the Big 12 doesn't have a TV network a’ la the ACC or the PAC 12, or the Big 12 cares even less about women (or soccer), but the UVa vs Baylor Sweet 16 tournament game was “broadcast” over Facebook Live and it was a guy with a single camcorder on a tripod.