WORCESTER, Mass. - Richard M. Regan, Jr. (Class of 1976), who has directed Holy Cross Athletics since 1998, announced today that he is stepping down from his post.
“As the third of four generations of my family to graduate from Holy Cross, leaving is very difficult,” Regan said. “I have worked with some outstanding and wonderful people here at the College. However, 15 years in one place is a long time in any business, particularly collegiate athletics. I would like to work another 8 to 10 years, and I believe this is the time to take on one more challenge.”
“Dick has not only had a productive and successful history at Holy Cross, he has also contributed to college athletic policy nationally in the Patriot League and the NCAA,” Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of the College, wrote in an email to the College community. “We are grateful to him for his loyalty, passion and commitment; for his key role on campus; and for taking important steps to upgrade athletic facilities at Holy Cross. We wish him well as he begins a new chapter in his professional life.”
Fr. Boroughs also said that he has asked Regan to stay on in his position as director and to assist the College during the transition. A national search for the College’s next athletics director will begin this summer.
Only the College’s fourth athletic director in the last 50 years, Regan has overseen eventful years for Holy Cross. In some of the higher profile sports, from 2000 to 2012, the men’s and women’s basketball teams each won more Patriot League games than any other league team. The football program won more games than any other league team in the six-year period through 2011. Twenty College teams won league championships and 19 of them advanced to NCAA tournament play — including at least one team in 10 of the last 14 seasons. The women’s basketball team has been to the postseason in eight of the last 14 years (including six trips to the NCAA Tournament), while the football (2009), field hockey (1998 and 2000) and women’s soccer (2000) programs have also made NCAA appearances. Regan’s tenure has also seen the first-ever NCAA appearances for the men’s ice hockey (2004 and 2006), men’s soccer (2002) and women’s lacrosse (2006 and 2007) teams. In addition, the men’s basketball program advanced to postseason play in five of the last 12 years, and became the first Patriot League team ever to advance to the NCAA tournament in three consecutive seasons (2001, 2002 and 2003).
Regan increased the number of Crusader teams coached by full-time staff members, appointing full-time coaching positions in track, volleyball, women’s lacrosse and softball, and he introduced the College’s first two new varsity sports in more than 15 years — women’s ice hockey and women’s golf.
In terms of facilities, Regan’s administration saw the completion of the Linda Johnson Smith Stadium for the men’s and women’s soccer teams; a new synthetic turf facility for the football, men’s lacrosse and women’s lacrosse teams; a new baseball stadium; and new tennis courts. Other facilities improvements included the softball field, new football and men’s ice hockey locker rooms, and a video room for the men’s and women’s basketball teams.
Prior to Holy Cross, Regan worked for NFL International and NFL Europe (formerly the World League of American Football). He joined the New York office of the World League in 1991 and was based in London beginning in 1992.
For three years before joining the World League, Regan also held the post of managing director of Monarch International, Inc., a licensing and financial consulting firm which licensed Michael Jackson merchandise, among other initiatives.
After graduating from Holy Cross in 1976, Regan spent nine years working for Arthur Andersen & Company in Boston, and then moved to the NFL with the New England Patriots, where he served in the role of vice president of finance from 1985-1988.
He is the son of Richard M. Regan (Class of 1950), and the grandson of Harold J. Regan (Class of 1917). One of his three daughters, Deirdre, graduated from Holy Cross in 2006.