Bobby Valentine mentors Weston Middle School student

Eighth grade student James Joyce was partnered with Bobby Valentine as part of the Weston Middle School mentorship program.

Eighth grade student James Joyce was partnered with Bobby Valentine as part of the Weston Middle School mentorship program.

What first captivated me about Bobby Valentine — the former MLB player and manager — was his indescribable voice. Its comfort producing tone is something that everyone must experience for themselves.

The athletic director at Sacred Heart University is a humble and down-to-earth man. After spending the day with him as his mentee, I learned the role of an athletic director and a major league manager.

Mr. Valentine is in charge of the entire athletic department at Sacred Heart. He coaches the coaches, manages the managers, and advises the advisors. He even knows all the names of the athletes in the gym, on the court, and around the campus. His job as athletic director is to hold the department together. Through communication and leadership, he accomplishes this with ease.

Aside from sharing his favorite MLB team and World Series pick with me, Mr. Valentine provided me with managing insight. During his baseball career as a player and manager with eight different teams, he gained a multitude of experience. From stories of Billy Beane, to his view on the sabermetrical revolution, to predictions for the upcoming season of Masahiro Tanaka, Mr. Valentine provided me with a limitless range of baseball knowledge.

What I experienced and observed not only applies to Mr. Valentine’s job, but to all jobs that deal with people. He warmly greeted everybody we passed; I did not see anybody that interacted with Mr. Valentine leave with a frown. His smile was truly contagious.

Mr. Valentine enlightened the day of all those around him, making Sacred Heart University a nicer place in which to work and learn.

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