Bobby Valentine begins his first year as the Executive Director of Athletics at Sacred Heart Unviversity in 2013-14. Valentine replaces outgoing director, C. Donald Cook, who retired after 20 years as Athletic Director at SHU.
In addition to his baseball achievements at Stamford’s Rippowam High School, Valentine was the only three-time all-state football player in Connecticut history. He was widely recruited out high school and attended college at the University of Southern California. He was voted by Sports Illustrated as one of the best athletes of the 20th century from Connecticut. After his selection in the first round by the L.A. Dodgers, his 10 years as an MLB player included successful stints with the Dodgers, Angels, Padres, Mets and Mariners.
After retiring as a player, Valentine remained in baseball. He was the third-base coach for the New York Mets before being named the manager of the Texas Rangers in 1985. As the Rangers’ manager, he was named UPI American League Manager of the Year in 1986. In 1994, he became the first American to accept a management position in the Pacific League of Japan for the Chiba Lotte Marines. In 1996, he was hired as the manager of the New York Mets, where he led the team to the post season in consecutive years for the first time in team history and to the World Series in 2000. Most recently, he was the manager of the Boston Red Sox during the 2012 season. He has also been a broadcaster for ESPN and currently serves as senior baseball analyst for NBC Sports. In addition, he is the owner of Bobby Valentine’s Sports Gallery Café in Stamford.