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Bobby Valentine is the Athletic Director for Sacred Heart University

Feb 21, 2013, 10:43 PM EDT

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Ex-Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine got the gig he was aiming for: he’ll be named the new Athletic Director of Sacred Heart University in a press conference scheduled for Tuesday, CtPost’s William Paxton reports.

It’s another odd turn for the former big-league infielder and three-time major league manager. Besides managing the Rangers, Mets and Red Sox and commentating for ESPN, Valentine also spent seven years managing in Japan, served as Director of Public Safety & Health for Stamford, Connecticut and popularized the wrap sandwich.

Sacred Heart University is a Catholic school located in Fairfield, Connecticut and apparently is a Northeast Conference powerhouse in baseball and golf. The baseball team went 25-32 last season, but still won the NEC for a second straight season with a 19-13 conference record.

Following a disastrous lone season in Boston, it’s doubtful that the 62-year-old Valentine will ever surface in a major league dugout again. Still, he does have a winning record in 16 years as a major league manager, going 1,186-1,165.

Where this leaves Valentine and NBC is unclear. Valentine was hired last month to serve as a co-host on a weekday talk show for NBC Sports Radio. That gig was due to begin in April.

  1. pisano - Feb 22, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    I wonder how much trouble he’ll cause there, and how long it’ll take him to get canned.

    • skeleteeth - Feb 22, 2013 at 6:25 AM

      His mild celebrity is perfect for academia. This is the one he’ll ride off into the sunset with.

  2. juliath83 - Feb 22, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    They have worse than HS facilities for football, and their cheerleaders aren’t much to write home about, either.

    • bk888888 - Feb 22, 2013 at 4:22 AM

      Cheerleaders?! Dude, you’re lookin’ at the nuns!

    • Old Gator - Feb 22, 2013 at 8:47 AM

      Look on the bright side. Cheerleaders like that are cheaper dates than cheerleaders to write home about.

    • ironhawk - Feb 22, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      Well that’s not really relevant. It’s not a football school. Their football team is just for fun. You go there to play baseball.

  3. rgasser43 - Feb 22, 2013 at 6:38 AM

    Anyone else notice the “Valentine” and Sacred “Heart” connection?

    • chill1184 - Feb 22, 2013 at 7:17 AM

      Honestly I was thinking of the show “Scrubs” when I saw Sacred Heart

  4. anthonyverna - Feb 22, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    He has had a varied career. No matter what you think of him, I hope we all can find a variety of work.

  5. massconn72 - Feb 22, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    I don’t know if he knows anything about D1 College hockey or not, but something needs to be done there. They are horrible.

    • chumthumper - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:10 AM

      Yea, I’m pretty sure he was hired for his experience in administering sports such as hockey, volleyball, wrestling, horse riding, fencing, curling, dance and rowing.

      • rcdck - Feb 23, 2013 at 2:52 PM

        I’m not sure that hockey has quite sunk to the level of the rest…

  6. drewzducks - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Is nothing sacred ?

  7. badintent - Feb 23, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    His salary there is chmp change compared to what the Sox are paying him to do nothing this year.

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