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Gotham’s Advisory Board is comprised of industry experts in the eight core components of The Complete Athlete™, our proprietary system of coaching. This structure guarantees that our athletes receive world-class programming and, more importantly, that Gotham’s leadership decisions systematically support the development of complete athletes at their highest level.

Valorie Kondos Field

Leadership & Gymnastics

•  Former Head Coach, UCLA Gymnastics (1989-2019)

•  UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee (2010)

•  Voted PAC12 Coach of the Century

•  Lecturer on Leadership, UCLA Graduate School of Education


•  Author: Life is Short, Don’t Wait to Dance

•  TEDWomen Speaker 2019

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Mike Linn

Athletic Performance


•  Former Director of Human Performance, Bear Cognition

•  UCLA Assistant Athletic Director, Athletic Performance (2008-2023)

•  Former VP of Performance, Velocity Sports Performance


•  Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, UCLA & St. Louis University


Robert Andrews

Mental Performance

•  MA, LMFT 

•  Mental performance & injury trauma recovery specialist

•  Founder, Institute of Sports Performance

•  Works with elite athletes who wish to strengthen their mental      

    approach to compete at their highest levels

•  Mental performance sports therapist to Olympic & World 

   Champion gymnast Simone Biles (2013-2017) & Olympic Champions

   Laurie Hernandez (gymnastics) & Simone Manuel (swimming)

Liz Melvin 

Physical Therapy & Gymnastics Medicine Representative

•  PT, OCS, CSCS Certified 

•  MA in Sports & Exercise Medicine, Trinity College Dublin

•  Team USA Gymnastics Medical Support Team – Physical Therapy

•  Member of Gymnastics Medicine, a nonprofit that provides      

    research, evidence-based outcomes & education around 

    gymnastics-specific injuries

•  Lead physiotherapist, Paralympics Ireland

•  Physical therapist, USA Para Track & Field, USA Handball, Athletics       Ireland, Hockey Ireland

Dr. Ellen Casey

Medical Support

•  MD, University of Virginia School of Medicine, followed by 

    fellowship & residency at Northwestern University

•  USA Gymnastics Women’s National Team physician (2018-present)

•  Founder & former Director, Women’s Sports Programs,    

    Northwestern University & University of Pennsylvania

•  Expertise in the female athlete, specializing in optimized function,

    return to an active lifestyle & prevention of future injuries

•  Current HSS Physician & Associate Professor of 

    Women’s Sports Medicine

Jill Hicks 

Family Support

•  Founder, JH Consulting

•  20 years NCAA Collegiate Coach, Oregon State University &

   Cal State Fullerton

•  “Fierce Five” Chaperone, 2012 USA Olympic Gymnastics Team

Peng-Peng Lee

Athlete Representative

• Honorary Team Captain for Canada at the 2012 Olympics

• Three-time medalist at the 2012 Pacific Rim Championships

• World Championship Finalist 

• World Cup Gold Medalist

• 2017 West Region Gymnast of the Year + Pac-12 

   Specialist of the Year

• 2018 NCAA National Champion, UCLA (perfect 10s on all routines)

• 2018 NCAA Balance Beam Champion

• 2018 Honda Sport Award Winner

• 2018 Pac-12 Co-Woman of the Year, Gymnastics 

   Scholar-Athlete of the Year & Balance Beam Champion

• PAC-12 Athlete of the Year

• Nine-time All-American

• Actress, host & content creator 

• Host, 2021 USA Gymnastics National Championships & 

   USA Olympic Trials

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