Lyndonville, VT - Northern Vermont University-Lyndon has named Kevin Valentine as its new Head Softball Coach. Valentine succeeds Amanda McLean, who recently stepped down after two seasons at the helm of the Hornets.
Valentine has been a fixture in Northeast Kingdom softball circles. Most recently he has served as the assistant varsity and head junior varsity coach at Lyndon Institute, where he was on the staff as Vikings captured a Vermont State Championship in 2013. He has also been very active at coaching all levels of club and travel softball up to and including the U-18 level. In addition to coaching softball, Valentine was also the defensive backs coach for the LI football team for six seasons, and helped the Vikings to a state runner up finish in 2013.
Professionally, Kevin is retired from New York City Local Union #3 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, where he served 22 years as a vested journeyman and foreman. He led a crew of 100 people who helped to renovate the New York City subway system following the 9/11 attacks. Kevin now resides in East Burke.
Valentine is excited to get started with the Hornets. He commented "Thank you. Thank you very much for this opportunity, the timing of this position being open could not have worked out any better. I have been preparing myself for this challenge for most of my adult life , and the time is finally here! I intend to hit the ground running Let's Roll!"
Lyndon Director of Athletics Chris Gilmore remarked "Kevin comes to us with a wealth of experience in softball. He will take over our program this fall and start to build a contender in the North Atlantic Conference. He understands our conference and our goals of building a great program on and off the field. is commitment to the total student athlete experience impressed the search committee."
Lyndon Institue Athletic Director and Hornet alumnus and Athletic Hall of Famer Eric Berry '91 added "Kevin is a tireless worker who will no doubt succeed at recruitment of players to NVU. He is driven to win and will set a course for the program to be a winning environment."
Valentine looks to rebuild a Hornet program that went 4-22 in 2019, the most wins for the program since 2015. He is currently scheduled to make his head coaching debut when the Hornets travel to Massachusetts Maritime Academy for a doubleheader on March 15th.