Chris Waller Hired As UCLA Women's Gymnastics Assistant Coach

Sept. 16, 2002

UCLA women's gymnastics head coach Valorie Kondos Field announced the hiring of former UCLA All-American and 1992 U.S. Olympian Chris Waller as a Bruin assistant coach.

Waller was member of the U.S. National Team from 1989-97 and captured the U.S. all-around crown in 1991 and pommel horse titles from 1991-93. He was an all-around finalist at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona and took fifth on the pommel horse, just one-tenth of a point away from the gold medal. In addition, Waller placed in the Top 6 on the pommel horse at the 1993 World Championships and won three medals at the 1990 Goodwill Games and a team gold at the 1995 Pan American Games.

A four-time All-American at UCLA, Waller helped lead UCLA to its second NCAA title in 1987 and also won individual titles on the pommel horse in 1989 and the high bar in 1990. From 1989-1993, Waller won either a U.S. or NCAA national title every year.

Waller, who graduated from UCLA in 1991, has 15 years of coaching experience and was selected the 2002 Southern California Level 7 Male Coach of the Year. As the head coach at All-Olympians Gymnastics Club, he coached former UCLA star Mohini Bhardwaj to a Top 10 finish at the 2002 U.S. Classic. Waller also served as a member of the USA Gymnastics Executive Committee and the 2000 Olympic team selection committee and chaired the Athlete's Council.

Waller and his wife Cindy have two daughters, Alexandra and Lilia. He and Cindy founded GymJam summer camp, and will now serve as the directors of GymJam at Woodward West camp, which opens in California in the summer of 2003.

'Chris Waller coming back to UCLA is a dream come true for all of us and for Chris,' said Kondos Field. 'His personality and character, which defined him as an NCAA Champion when he was a UCLA student-athlete, make him a perfect fit as a UCLA coach.'

Waller replaces Steve Gerlach, who has moved with his family to New Zealand after five seasons of coaching at UCLA.

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