Feb 28, 2013
Valentine Talks Basketball Coach At First Press Conference

Hartford Courant

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The new athletic director, Bobby Valentine, had been introduced Tuesday morning and hundreds of people began filing out of Sacred Heart University Commons. Among the last to exit the wild press conference scene were the current men’s basketball coach, Dave Bike, and the future men’s basketball coach, Anthony Latina.

It has long been assumed that Latina, in his eighth season as an assistant, would be the successor to Bike, in his 35th year. And with Latina, a respected recruiter and game coach, already running much of the daily Sacred Heart operations, the transition has unofficially and practically been in full swing for a while.

But with athletic director Don Cook set to retire July 1 after 20 years, and with the unpredictable Valentine set to take the chair, one had to wonder if the rearrangement of SHU athletic department hierarchy would put the Bike-to-Latina succession at risk. Could Bobby V’s hiring, or his desire to more closely consider what will be his first high-profile hire, jeopardize Latina’s career path?

The answer is a strong no. First of all, there has been a binding legal agreement for a handful of years, according to multiple sources. Plus, time and again in recent weeks, when the Valentine hire was in the works, Latina has been given numerous assurances by top-level members of the athletic department — the university, even — that he will, indeed, be the next head coach. From Cook, to senior vice president for athletics and student affairs Jim Barquinero, to university President John Petillo and others, Latina has essentially been repeatedly told, You’re our guy.

“People like Don and Jim, before this even came out, when this was in its infancy, they brought me aside and said, ‘Look, this could happen, you have nothing to worry about, ‘” Latina said of Valentine’s appointment. “One of the things I really appreciate about Sacred Heart is the support I’ve gotten from a wide range of people. Not just Don. Not just Jim. But a wide range of other VPs. I think there’s a lot of support for this, and I appreciate this. I feel very appreciated, and I appreciate being here. When you have a situation where you feel appreciative and people appreciate you, I think you have a good formula to have success and enjoy the situation.”

Valentine Talks Basketball Coach At First Press Conference

Hartford Courant

http://www.courant.com/sports/college/hc-sacred-heart-basketball-0228-20130227, 0, 2551136.story

The new athletic director, Bobby Valentine, had been introduced Tuesday morning and hundreds of people began filing out of Sacred Heart University Commons. Among the last to exit the wild press conference scene were the current men’s basketball coach, Dave Bike, and the future men’s basketball coach, Anthony Latina.

It has long been assumed that Latina, in his eighth season as an assistant, would be the successor to Bike, in his 35th year. And with Latina, a respected recruiter and game coach, already running much of the daily Sacred Heart operations, the transition has unofficially and practically been in full swing for a while.

But with athletic director Don Cook set to retire July 1 after 20 years, and with the unpredictable Valentine set to take the chair, one had to wonder if the rearrangement of SHU athletic department hierarchy would put the Bike-to-Latina succession at risk. Could Bobby V’s hiring, or his desire to more closely consider what will be his first high-profile hire, jeopardize Latina’s career path?

The answer is a strong no. First of all, there has been a binding legal agreement for a handful of years, according to multiple sources. Plus, time and again in recent weeks, when the Valentine hire was in the works, Latina has been given numerous assurances by top-level members of the athletic department — the university, even — that he will, indeed, be the next head coach. From Cook, to senior vice president for athletics and student affairs Jim Barquinero, to university President John Petillo and others, Latina has essentially been repeatedly told, You’re our guy.

“People like Don and Jim, before this even came out, when this was in its infancy, they brought me aside and said, ‘Look, this could happen, you have nothing to worry about, ‘” Latina said of Valentine’s appointment. “One of the things I really appreciate about Sacred Heart is the support I’ve gotten from a wide range of people. Not just Don. Not just Jim. But a wide range of other VPs. I think there’s a lot of support for this, and I appreciate this. I feel very appreciated, and I appreciate being here. When you have a situation where you feel appreciative and people appreciate you, I think you have a good formula to have success and enjoy the situation.”






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