Regan helped guide a young Bison team that boasted 13 freshmen to more than double their total amount of wins from the previous season. Bethany improved in every statistical category from the 2014 season, and remained unbeaten for six games at home (4-0-2) to start the year.
The last PAC postseason run for the Green & White under Regan came in the 2011 campaign. Bethany also impressed in 2010, finishing with an 11-11-1 overall record and a 5-2 mark in the PAC to earn a bid to the conference tournament for the first time since 2007. The Bison knocked off #2 Grove City in the semifinals before falling to #1 Thomas More in the finals.
The season, however, did not end there for Bethany, as they were rewarded with a bid to the ECAC Tournament, the 23rd postseason appearance in the program's history. The eighth-seeded Bison made it a memorable trip too, as they upset #1 Penn State Behrend on the road 4-3 in the quarterfinal round. The year would end with a loss to Stevenson in the semifinals, but following the season, Regan was recognized as the PAC Coach of the Year and five of his players picked up All-PAC distinction.
Regan has done an outstanding job developing talent in his time at Bethany, coaching 13 All-PAC selections, including his current captain, junior Jack Waters. Waters earned Second-Team All-PAC honors after leading the Bison in goals (12), assists (5), and points (29) this season.
Regan also coached four-year standout Arkangelo James (2010-2013). James would go on to have a dazzling career as a Bison, being named an All-PAC selection in all four seasons, including PAC Player of the Year in both his junior and senior seasons (2012 & 2013). He also was named Corvias ECAC Division III South Region Offensive Player of the Year and NCAA Division III All-Great Lakes Region First-Team selection in his final season.
Named the third head coach in Bison history in 2008, Regan, who owns coaching badges from the Irish Football Association and United States Soccer Association, came to Bethany after serving as an assistant for three seasons at PAC rival Washington & Jefferson. During that time, the Presidents compiled a 28-22-11 overall record, including an 11-2-5 mark in the PAC. In 2007, Regan’s second year with the program, W&J finished 12-6-3 and won its first conference championship in school history, which also earned the first-ever NCAA Tournament berth for the team.
A 2005 graduate of Wheeling Jesuit University, Regan helped the Cardinals claim two WVIAC regular season titles (2001, 2003) and one conference tournament championship (2003) as a player. He was a member of the first two Cardinal teams to be ranked in the top 25 nationally, which included a #15 ranking in 2003. Individually, Regan was a two-time WVIAC Player of the Week and All-Conference selection, as well as an NSCAA Division 2 Regional All-American in 2005.
The Regan name is a familiar one in Bison soccer history. His father, Jim, who coached Sean at Wheeling Jesuit, was inducted into the Bethany Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005 for his achievements on the soccer field. The elder Regan was a two-time First Team All-PAC selection and helped guide BC to four conference titles during his playing career. He just completed his 31st year as the head coach at Wheeling Jesuit, a career that has seen him earn more than 350 victories. The chance to take over the program where his dad played was what interested Sean in the Bethany position.
“It has always been a dream of mine to be a head coach,” said Regan. “Most people dream of playing professionally, but when I was little, I never missed one of my dad’s games and I wanted to follow in his footsteps. Now to be the head coach at Bethany where he played and run the program that John Cunningham, who was like a second grandfather to me, started, is a dream come true.”
Sean, who is the PAC representative on the NCAA and ECAC committees, resides in Wheeling with his wife Rikki and son Liam.
Assistant Coach Scott Lamont
Office Phone: 304-829-7238
Assistant Coach Scott Lamont joins the men’s soccer coaching staff for his first season in 2015. Lamont will serve as the head assistant under Coach Regan.
Lamont has recently played in three different minor league systems, with his most recent stint coming with the Ballarat Red Devils of the NPL1. Prior to that, Lamont was a member of the South Hobart FC of the NPL Victory League, as well as the St. Louis Lions, a member of the National Premier Soccer League.
Lamont received his undergraduate degree from Queens College in Queens, N.Y. where he graduated with a Bachelor of Art in Studio Art with a minor in Graphic Design. During his time with the Knights, a NCAA Division II institution, Lamont played two seasons, appearing in 48 games while making 42 starts, primarily as a midfielder. In his tenure, Lamont tallied three goals, one assist and seven points. In the classroom, Lamont earned Dean’s List honors and was also an East Region Honorable Mention selection for a NSCAA Scholar award.
As a coach, Lamont has had the experience working with players of all ages, including serving time as the Head Coach at James Gillespies High School U14 team in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2009. He also worked a multitude of developmental camps for youth players through both the Scottish Football Association as well as Queens College.
A native of Edinburgh, Scotland, Lamont will be enrolled in the Master of Art in Teaching program during his time at Bethany.
Assistant Coach Lamine Balde
Office Phone: 304-829-7238
Assistant coach Lamine Balde joins his Alma Mater as an assistant coach for the 2015 season. Balde comes to the Bison after a successful four-year playing career with the Green & White, as well as two seasons with the Fort Pitt Regiment of the National Premier Soccer League.
Over the past two years, Balde has played as a member of the Regiment, and has proven to be the team’s top scorer in both the 2014 and 2015 campaigns. In 25 total games between the 2014 and 2015 seasons, Balde tallied nine goals, including a high-water mark of five this summer. Also during his time with the Regiment, Balde spent time with NPSL/PA West Soccer camps where he coached players from ages 4-15 in a multitude of drills, while also organizing training sessions and helping with camp recruitment.
Prior to his time with the Fort Pitt Regiment, Balde was a four-year member for the Bison men’s soccer team, where he earned three letters and two All-PAC Second-Team selections. His conference honors came following both the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Over his four-year career, Balde tallied 26 goals, 12 assists and 64 total points. His best season came as a senior in 2013 when he ranked second in the conference in points (24) and third in goals (nine). His point total was second only behind teammate Arkangelo James.
A native of the African country of Guinea, Balde graduated from Bethany with a Bachelor of Art degree in Sports Management. During his time with the soccer teams, Balde with be enrolled in Bethany’s Master of Art in Teaching program.
(Updated December 7, 2015)