Welcome to a brand new episode of the ¿Quién Tú Eres? podcast, where we explore the conflict we often face between "professionalism" & being our authentic selves. This week's guest is Manny Valentin.
Manny Valentin was named Skidmore College's head men's and women's crew coach in May 2021. Valentin was previously the Saratoga Rowing Association (SRA) head varsity boys coach and the Advanced Rowing Initiative of the Northeast (ARION) men's coach. Valentin's athletes have had success on the national and international levels, with a men's lightweight quad winning the 2018 USRowing trials and then competing in the 2018 World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Valentin was one of 13 coaches across all three divisions, including just one of just four coaches in Division III, to be recognized with the award. He represented the New York region under Division III.
In this week's episode, Manny shares how he leads by example and creates positive representation for his athletes. He makes sure to present himself as a man of color in professional spaces so that he can encourage other athletes of color to present themselves as authentically as they can. This kind of representation was not there for Manny when he first started so he ensures that the next generation will have that in him.
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