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SHU names Bobby V new AD

Updated 12:45 pm, Friday, February 22, 2013
  • FILE - This Oct. 1, 2012 file photo shows Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine gesturing as he talks to reporters on the field before their baseball game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New York. Former Red Sox manager Valentine will work as a commentator for NBC Sports Radio.  He will be the part-time co-host of a weekday talk show that debuts in April.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File) Photo: Kathy Willens, Associated Press / AP
    FILE - This Oct. 1, 2012 file photo shows Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine gesturing as he talks to reporters on the field before their baseball game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New York. Former Red Sox manager Valentine will work as a commentator for NBC Sports Radio. He will be the part-time co-host of a weekday talk show that debuts in April. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File) Photo: Kathy Willens, Associated Press

 

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Bobby Valentine is the new athletics director at Sacred Heart University.

The university, located in Fairfield, confirmed the hiring of Valentine in a press release Friday morning. A press conference will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the University Commons.

One coach at the school, who requested anonymity, said they were not allowed to discuss the Valentine hiring until Tuesday.

The Connecticut Post first reported Thursday night that Valentine will replace Don Cook, who is retiring July 1, as the AD.

Valentine, a Stamford native, has managed the New York Mets and Boston Red Sox.

Jim Barquinero, the senior vice president for intercollegiate athletics and student affairs, spearheaded the search for Cook's replacement. Barquinero did not return a phone call or text message about Valentine being hired on Thursday night or Friday morning.

Reached by phone Thursday night, Valentine said, "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 reportedly visited the campus in mid-January and interviewed for the job at that time.

Neither Barquinero nor the school would confirm Valentine's interview, but several sources told Hearst Connecticut Newspapers that it did take place.

Valentine spent last season as the manager of the Red Sox.

Dave Ruden contributed to this story

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