Host/Analyst, ESPN Radio
Bob Valvano joined ESPN in December 1998 as an ESPN Radio host. He serves as host of The V Show with Bob Valvano, which airs Friday and Saturday, at midnight. He has also served a game analyst for ESPN Radio’s pre- and post-season NIT game coverage and several post-season NIT games for ESPN.
Valvano is in his 11th year as a television and radio analyst for the University of Louisville men’s basketball. In addition to the 12-game television package, Valvano also serves as analyst for the team’s remaining radio broadcasts.
Valvano coached basketball for 19 seasons before entering broadcasting full time. He successfully rebuilt four different college programs, setting all-time records for wins in a season at three different colleges (Kutztown University, Catholic University and St. Mary’s College). He also served as head coach in the professional league in Sweden, where his team won two cup championships in international tournaments.
Valvano-coached teams set more than 15 college records and six NCAA records, which in additional to the season-season win records mentioned about, were for 3-point field goal shooting proficiency.
At the time of his hiring at St. Francis (N.Y.), he was the youngest Division I head coach in the country at 27 years old.
He is the author of a well-received biography about his brother Jim, The Gifts of Jimmy V, and is an in-demand motivational speaker who has delivered his theme of “Making a Difference” to more than 200 schools and businesses across the country.
Valvano lettered in soccer, basketball and golf at Virginia Wesleyan College, and was named All-Conference First Team, and soccer MVP in 1978. He was named Outstanding Senior Athlete, and was inaugurated into the college’s inaugural class of its Athletic Hall of Fame. He is a cum laude graduate of Wesleyan where he majored in Communications.
The younger brother of Jim Valvano, Bob serves on the Board of Directors of both the V Foundation for Cancer Research, and has served as Chairman of a celebrity bocce tournament, now in its ninth year, that benefits the V Foundation and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center.