Fairfield, CT, United States (4E Sports) – Former Major League manager and ESPN baseball analyst Bobby Valentine’s career will take a new direction as he was hired by Sacred Heart University as athletic director.
The Connecticut Post reported that Valentine will replace Don Cook, who will retire July 1. He will be introduced as the next athletic director Tuesday.
“An intriguing opportunity has been presented to me and it’s something I really feel I can enjoy doing and I feel could be mutually beneficial,” Valentine told the Post.
Sacred Heart is based in Fairfield, Connecticut, not far from Valentine’s hometown of Stamford.
According to the Hearst Connecticut Newspapers, Valentine interviewed for the job in January.
Valentine managed the Red Sox last season to a 69-93 season, their worst record since 1965. He was fired after just one year on the job.
He also worked as manager of the Texas Rangers from 1985 to 1992 and the New York Mets from 1996 to 2002, leading the latter to a World Series loss to the Yankees in 2000.
He also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines of Nippon Professional Baseball from 1995 and 2004 to 2009 in Japan.