STAMFORD -- The job description, at first mention, appears incongruous.
Upon contemplation, it makes perfect sense.
When Hearst Connecticut Newspapers broke the news last Thursday that the Stamford native, with one of the longest and broadest resumes imaginable, would be named Tuesday to oversee the Pioneers' sports program, some questioned whether this was nothing more than a public relations stunt.
Valentine has no experience in college administration.
Then again, Valentine had no background in government when he became Stamford's public safety director. Or knowledge of filmmaking when he helped form a production company, Makuhari Media, which released the baseball documentary "Pelotero" to rave reviews last year.
Valentine has worked as a television analyst, but never in radio, yet he soon will host his own show for NBC Sports Radio.
Heading to Japan to manage was not in the realm of conventionalism, yet Valentine led the Chiba Lotte Marines in 2005 to their first title in 31 years.
There is a constant thread here: new challenges that have almost always led to success.
Valentine perfectly summed up his life in 14 words during an interview Monday: "Life is like an adventure park, and I like to take all the rides."
So when Sacred Heart president Dr. John Petillo first reached out in early December after Don Cook announced that he would be stepping down as the school's athletic director on July 1, Valentine's curiosity was piqued.
"It was just a phone call asking if I'd be interested, and I said yes," Valentine said. "I wasn't job hunting, so I was a little surprised. We had a few conversations and then I went up and had a few meetings. We decided to move forward and do something special together. I saw a situation where I could add some value and work with some great people."
Petillo said his first introduction to Valentine was by happenstance. He was meeting with Stamford's mayor, Michael Pavia, when Valentine happened to stop in.
"It's an outside-the-box move," Petillo said on Monday. "It reinforced my powers of persuasion."
A good deal of Valentine's life has existed, and will continue to, outside the box. He is best known for, but hardly defined by, his years managing the Rangers, Mets and Red Sox.
Yes, Valentine brings instant name value to Sacred Heart. His ability to help with fundraising will prove invaluable.
"It's always part and parcel," Valentine said.
Valentine said his entire job description will be formulated between now and when he officially takes over. He said he will offer Sacred Heart a quality that has given him the Midas touch in most ventures.
"I will manage people," Valentine said. "I will manage the managers. I will try and lay out a plan for future accomplishments."
Valentine bristled at the notion that his name will be nothing more than a shining light on Sacred Heart's marquee.
"Why would I need the publicity?" he said. "I wouldn't understand the question and I wouldn't dignify it with an answer."
Petillo took a similar posture.
"Small minds, small comments," he said. "I think having Bobby will be phenomenal for us. He's committed to students and youth, he's committed to the community. I think this is tremendous for all of us, including Bobby."
Valentine said his whirlwind schedule is viewed at Sacred Heart as an asset, not a liability. And make no mistake, Valentine is not going to be cutting back. He said he will remain active with his baseball academy, his restaurant. He just started The Bobby Valentine channel on YouTube. He is on the board of several companies.
There is more. Always a lot more.
Referring to Petillo, Valentine said, "One of the things John assured me is he felt the things I will be involved with would add and not detract from the position. There's a lot of synergy. Until I get tired some day I am going to do as much as I can. There's a lot of work to do."
Valentine has boundless energy. It is a job requirement.
Make that jobs requirement.
"I get up early and go to bed late, and as long as people can work within my schedule things seem to get done," he said. "I don't think sleep is one of my major priorities."
One thing Sacred Heart can be assured of: its new athletic director is all in. His projects may be numerous, but they are all prioritized. Over the next 123 days, Valentine will do all the preparatory work and ask all the necessary questions.
And somewhere in between, or after, another door may open.
"I will probably start up something new that I hope to be really good at," Valentine said.
That adventure park is large. There is always a new ride.
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