Bobby Valentine

Executive Director of Athletics

‌Bobby Valentine assumed the role of executive director of athletics at Sacred Heart University in June 2013, succeeding C. Donald Cook, who retired after 20 years in the position.

Valentine has helped to raise the visibility of Pioneer athletics over his tenure, with appearances on ESPN, SNY and other national and regional media outlets. In just 24 short months, he spearheaded numerous projects to better Pioneer Athletics, including the hiring of the program’s first-ever strength and conditioning coach, the construction of a brand new Student-Athlete Enhancement Center and the addition of women’s rugby to varsity status. In support of the new strength and conditioning coach, Valentine directed a $150,000 renovation of the weight room with state-of-the-art Hammer Strength equipment for use by varsity athletes and the general student population.

Sacred Heart University is currently constructing a $21.8 million state-of-the-art fitness facility named after Valentine. The three-story, 57,400-square foot Bobby Valentine Recreation Center will include an indoor track, a 5,000-square-foot bowling center featuring LED widescreen monitors, an 18-bike spin center, a 45-foot climbing wall, and a two-story, 7,000-square-foot fitness center for cardiovascular workouts, free and cable weights, circuit training and CrossFit opportunities. The third floor will also feature a juice bar. The anticipated opening is August 2019.

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The Athletic: Bobby Valentine’s current managing job? Leading an entire college athletic department

May 1, 2018

"Sitting in a booth at the campus diner having a toasted corn muffin and coffee for lunch, all Bobby Valentine needs to do to see tangible evidence of his five years of vision and influence as executive athletic director at Sacred Heart University is look outside."

Sacred Heart Builds State-of-the-Art Recreation Center

April 13, 2018

Sacred Heart University is investing $21.8 million in construction of the Bobby Valentine Recreation Center, a state-of-the-art fitness facility for the whole student population. It will be named after the University’s executive director of athletics and Major League Baseball great, Bobby Valentine.

Hartford Courant: As Athletic Director At Sacred Heart, Bobby Valentine's Life Takes Another New Direction

January 2, 2018

"Bobby Valentine travels through life wearing a backpack, in a strictly metaphoric sense. It is bulging at the seams by now, hauling nuggets of the experiences he has encountered during one of the most diverse lives any Connecticut athlete has ever had lived."