Valerie is originally from from Freeport, IL and moved to Dallas in 2013 for her job as a Sports Event Coordinator at Anthony Travel. She swam for Luther College in Iowa where she was a team captain and NCAA Division III All-American in 2007-2008. She holds the school record for the 200 butterfly and was member of the school record 400 free relay and named to the All-Conference Team all four years. She was the assistant swim coach at Xavier University and earned her Masters in Sports Administration from there as well. Valerie started coaching for DAM in 2013.