The 2010 season would be a special one, as Bethany finished 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 and earned the chance to host fourth-seeded Thomas More in the championship match, but came up just short of a conference-record 31st PAC crown by suffering a 2-1 loss to the Saints.
The season 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 12 All-PAC selections, including 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 Chris Doran
Chris Doran joins the Bison for his first year as an assistant coach for men’s soccer.
Doran joins men’s soccer staff after serving the last year as an assistant men’s soccer coach at Alderson-Broaddus University in Philippi, West Virginia. While as a coach at A-B, Doran helped five Battlers earn All-WVIAC honors.
Prior to coaching at A-B, Doran was a four-year starter for the Battlers and two year captain. During his freshman year (2008), Doran received First-Team All-WVIAC accolades, was named freshman of the Year and helped the team to win the Conference Championship.
Before enrolling at Alderson-Broaddus, Doran played at Rotherham United Goal Academy from 2006-2008.
A native of Rotherham, England, Doran earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education in 2013. While at Bethany, Doran will be enrolled in the Masters of Arts in Teaching program.