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| |Full Name: Gale Valley Hometown:
Lapeer, Mich. Education:
Michigan State, 1981 Graduate Degree:
University of Delaware, 1984 (Physical Education -- Exercise Physiology)
· Michigan State University: 4-year varsity letterwinner (1977-81)
· Two-year captain
THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
· Assistant Coach (hired April 30, 2007)
· Assistant Coach (1989-07)
· 13 consecutive NCAA Championship berths (1995-2007), including four Final Fours (1999, 2002, 2003 and 2006) with two NCAA championship game appearances (1999, 2006)
· Eight ACC regular season championships, five ACC Tournament titles
· National top-five recruiting classes from 1999-2005, 2007
ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE (ACC) ALL-STAR TEAM
· Assistant Coach (1994)
SAN JOSE STATE
· Assistant Coach (1986-89)
UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT
· Assistant Coach (1984-86)
UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
· Assistant Coach (1982-84)
COACH G ON Gale Valley
"We are so fortunate to have Gale Valley on our staff. Gale is an excellent recruiter with fantastic energy, and she has tremendous knowledge of the game. She has worked alongside me for many years and was instrumental in all the successes we had at Duke. We have a great understanding of each other and a trusted friendship. Her loyalty is second to none. She knows exactly what we need, how we want it, and when we want it. Gale will be integral in helping develop this program into a national-championship contender."
Second Season at Texas
In the spring of 2007 when Gail Goestenkors assumed the Texas head coaching position, she turned to a very familiar -- and loyal -- professional for her first coaching hire: the highly-regarded recruiter and floor coach Gale Valley, who had served with Goestenkors throughout her tenure at Duke University and helped build the Blue Devils into a national power.
Valley, now in her second year at UT, came to Texas after serving on the Duke coaching staff for 18 years, the last 15 by the side of Goestenkors.
In her first nine years at Duke, Valley coached the guards and then moved to coach the post players the next five years. In 2002-03, she moved back to working with the guards, a role she continued in 2007-08 with the Longhorns. This past season, her work with UT starting guards Brittainey Raven and Carla Cortijo led to Raven being selected to her first All-Big 12 Conference honor, while Cortijo, an All-Big 12 Freshman Team pick in 2007, emerged as one of the top point guards in the league.
With her stellar recruiting and bench coaching, Valley was instrumental in helping Duke gain 13 consecutive NCAA Championship bids from 1995-2007, a run of NCAA excellence which included four Women's Final Four appearances in 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2006.
Twice, Duke advanced to the NCAA championship game (in 1999 and 2006) while the Blue Devils were national semifinalists in 2002 and 2003. In addition, the Duke squads made three "Elite Eight" showings in 1998, 2004 and 2005 and were NCAA "Sweet 16" participants in 2000, 2001 and 2007.
In 2007, Duke finished 32-2 and was ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press final regular season poll. Duke went 29-0 in the regular season, becoming the first ACC team and only the 14th in NCAA history to finish the regular season undefeated.
With Goestenkors and Valley at the forefront of recruiting, Duke produced national top-seven recruiting classes each year from 1999-2007. (Duke's recruiting class for 2007-08 is ranked as the nation's third-best class according to Scout/HoopGurlz.com recruiting service.)
Among the top nationally-ranked recruiting classes were Duke's 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 classes which were ranked No. 1 nationally, and the 2005-06 class (ranked second by both the All-Star Girls Report and Blue Star Report recruiting services).
Valley was influential in guiding the careers of several successful Blue Devils over the years. She coached former All-ACC point guard Kira Orr to Duke's all-time assist record in 1997; and in 1998-99, she played a role in the success of 6-6 center Michele VanGorp, who went on to become Duke's first Kodak All-America selection and first WNBA Draft pick. She also worked extensively with All-America forwards Iciss Tillis and Monique Curry along with two standout guards - Alana Beard and Lindsey Harding - who went on to National Player of the Year accolades.
A native of Lapeer, Michigan, Valley is a 1981 graduate Michigan State University where she was a four-year letterwinner and two-time team captain for the Spartans. Valley graduated from MSU with a degree in physical education and a minor in biology.
Prior to coming to Duke in 1989, Valley served as an assistant women's basketball coach at San Jose State University. Valley also was an assistant coach at the University of Vermont (1984-86), and earned a master's degree in physical education with an emphasis in exercise physiology while coaching at the University of Delaware from 1982-84.