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A belated Valentine for Sacred Heart

Bobby Valentine interviews to become part of the SHU community

Staff Reporter

Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013

Updated: Thursday, February 21, 2013 13:02

Bobby Valentine (left) is a candidate for the athletic director position at SHU.

The Spectrum/Zack Lane

Bobby Valentine (left) is a candidate for the athletic director position at SHU.


 Bobby Valentine jump-started his Valentine’s Day by showing his passion for Sacred Heart University and interviewing for the Athletic Director position just a few weeks ago.  

It was not Valentine’s first time at Sacred Heart. On Feb. 24, 2011 Valentine came to campus and shared his business experience with Sacred Heart students.

“Success in life is about passion and commitment,” said Valentine on that day.  

Valentine has accomplished many things throughout his career that focuses primarily on sports, but has also remained an active member of his community.  

He is the only manager to take a National league, American league, and Japanese Pacific league to the World Series, and was recently named Stamford’s director of public health and safety by the city’s mayor.  

“The faculty, staff, and student body make the SHU community like no other university that I have ever visited or attended. The addition of Mr. Valentine will only better our reputation as a university because his reputation precedes him,” said junior Matthew Kuhn. 

In the National search for a new Sacred Heart athletic director, Valentine is among many other candidates applying to replace the retiring Don Cook, who has been with Sacred Heart for 20 years.

  “I think it’ll bring us to a new level and give our athletic program instant recognition. I think his credits speak for himself and he’s also a local guy too so I think that’s a plus,” said senior Todd Kemp.

Valentine seems to be the most talked about candidate for the position.  The majority of students found out about the interview from other students. 

“I found out about it through Facebook. Someone posted a status about it with a link to a CBS Boston website where I read more about it,” said senior Annemarie Ahearn.

Other students are excited to welcome Valentine to campus.

“I [would] welcome him with open arms, sunglasses and a mustache because one thing that Valentine is known for is getting kicked out of a baseball game and coming back wearing sunglasses and a mustache,” said Ahearn. 

Luckily for Valentine, there are many Mets fans at Sacred Heart, and thus a fan of him.

“I am a huge Mets fan so I am also a big fan of Bobby V.,” said Kemp.

Some students are excited to welcome a familiar face to campus and have followed Valentine since his New York Mets days.

“I have been a Mets fan for my entire life,” said Ahearn.

There are also many Yankee fans as well as Met fans, but the New Yorkers of Sacred Heart still found Valentine fit for the job.

“I’m a die-hard New York Yankees fan, and I think the manager of the Yankees could do just as good of a job as Bobby Valentine can for this position,” said junior Nicholas Lopilato.

Students that aren’t fans of his Red Sox past like the fact that Valentine is a professional man.

“I’m a Yankees fan, but it doesn’t matter. We need a man of integrity, respect and determination to lead our athletic department. I think Bobby is the right man for the job,” said Kuhn.

It is evident that the Sacred Heart student body would happily welcome Valentine to its community if he is named the new athletic director.

“A manager isn’t always looking for the home run, but for the little successes that add up for a big success,” said Valentine. 

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