Former MLB manager Bobby Valentine will continue his sports career as an athletic director.
According to multiple reports, the long-time baseball skipper has accepted an offer to become the AD at Sacred Heart University. The move will be announced by the school on Tuesday.
ESPN provided the news on Thursday evening. Here's what Valentine had this to say about his latest career move:
"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 located in Fairfield, Conn., not far from Valentine's hometown of Stamford. After his failed attempt with the Boston Red Sox in 2012, it appears he will not relocate very far and stay in the upper northeast during this next facet of his life.
After a playing career that included stops with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Seattle Mariners, Valentine joined the managerial game in 1985 with the Texas Rangers. He held that post for eight years, and then managed the New York Mets for seven more starting in 1996.
Valentine managed overseas for the Chiba Lotte Marines until 2009 before coming an analyst for ESPN's coverage of MLB, a post he held until taking over as the manager of the Red Sox in 2012.
That experiment didn't last long.
Valentine suffered through injuries and public battles with his players for much of last season. Under his watch, the team finished 69-93 (its worst mark since 1965) and sent Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett to the Dodgers (via ESPN). He was fired upon the completion of the regular season.
He will get a fresh start at Sacred Heart (a phrase that "Scrubs" fans everywhere will appreciate), a school that competes in the Northeast Conference (NEC). The Pioneers are Division I, and have had recent success with women's basketball (2009 NCAA tournament appearance) and baseball (two straight NEC championships).
Dr. John J. Petillo is the school's current president.
Valentine has a plethora of athletic experience, and that will be invaluable in his role as Sacred Heart's new AD. It's not often that one's career jumps from MLB manager to college AD, but Valentine will try to do so with as much success as humanly possible.
He'll need it after his stop in Boston.
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