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Two-sport Athlete Regan’13 Featured

Sean Regan ’13 was recently featured in the Messenger Post. Regan is a two-sport athlete at Hobart, playing both D III football and DI lacrosse for the Statesmen.

“It’s pretty tough on the body,” Regan is quoted. “I go from trying to gain weight for football to dropping for lacrosse and lacrosse season started the day after football ended.

“The football banquet was on Sunday and practice started on Monday.”
The article explains how Regan looked at a number of colleges for Division I lacrosse, but found the opportunity at Hobart to play both sports he’d excelled at in high school.

Regan is the son of alums Kathy Killius Regan ’82, alumna relations director at HWS, and Joseph Regan ’85. The full article follows.

Messenger Post
Regan Shows His Versatility

Jon Wordingham •staff writer • August 08, 2010

Canandaigua, N.Y. –
When former Canandaigua Academy student Sean Regan was a senior he had a difficult decision to make. As a three-year starting linebacker for the Braves football team and an integral member of the boys lacrosse team that won a state title, he could play either in college.

He chose both.

“It’s pretty tough on the body,” Regan said. “I go from trying to gain weight for football to dropping for lacrosse and lacrosse season started the day after football ended.

“The football banquet was on Sunday and practice started on Monday.”

But the crux of the situation is that Regan chose Hobart for his collegiate studies, a school that offers Division III football and a DI men’s lacrosse program.

Coming out of high school, Regan knew his chance to play football beyond Division III was unlikely, but that his talent level on the lacrosse pitch was big time DI. Though lacrosse was first on his mind, Hobart offered him the chance to play both at a high level for the respective divisions.

“I talked to a lot of DI schools for lacrosse and I was also being recruited by Hobart,” Regan said. “They actually liked that I played football, liked that I brought the linebacker mentality to lacrosse. They didn’t mind that I played both as long as I focused on each season when it was in season.”

Regan saw time in two games as a freshman on the football team, a club that went 6-3 and dominated the University of Rochester 34-20 in an ECAC bowl game in the last game of the season.

He then gathered his lacrosse stick, a long pole to be exact as he plays close defense, and played in all 14 games, starting all but two, for the 3-11 Statesmen. Though the record wasn’t the greatest, Hobart was going through a rebuilding season and one of the featured players in the process was Regan.

“When football ended I was just excited to start lacrosse,” he said. “We lost a bunch of really close games and played against some really good teams like Syracuse and Cornell. Teams you used to watch growing up and wanted to play for.”

Playing both sports in college doesn’t come without its costs.

While he is still deciding between majoring in economics and political science, Regan attended mandatory study halls for both sports for two hours each week and spent the majority of his limited free time studying. With classes and practices stacked up throughout the day, he has just 40 minutes of free time per day to eat lunch and relax.

He also had to ditch some of his favorite hobbies – including water skiing and wake boarding – on his coaches’ request.

“They told me to stay away from all that stuff,” Regan said. “They don’t want me getting hurt in the offseason and missing time.”

But he has not wavered in his intentions to play both sports for the duration of his college experience. His dedication to both teams should make each contenders for the next three years.

“I’ve never thought about not playing both,” Regan said. “Football isn’t a sport you can play all your life, there is no pickup football, so I’m enjoying playing it while I can.”