Bobby Valentine introduced as Sacred Heart athletic director

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  February 26, 2013 11:18 AM

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Former Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was officially introduced Tuesday as the new executive director of intercollegiate athletics at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut.

“We recognize that Bobby is an out-of-the-box selection, but we believe his entrepreneurial spirit, extensive sports background and love of athletics make him an ideal choice. He is a native son with strong name recognition, and his selection demonstrates Sacred Heart’s commitment to its athletic program and to innovation and excellence throughout the University,” said SHU president John J. Petillo in a school press release.

Valentine is from Stamford, Conn., which is close to Sacred Heart's campus in Fairfield. He was fired in October after one tumultuous season as the Red Sox' manager. The Red Sox were 69-93 under Valentine.

“I am looking forward to this new opportunity at Sacred Heart University. I have served in a variety of roles throughout my sports career – experience that will serve me well as I take on this new challenge. It is exciting to find an opportunity so close to home where I can use my skills and experience to make a difference," Valentine said.

Sacred Heart has 31 Division 1 teams.

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