O'Regan wants to remain coach

Published November 5, 2006

TAMPA - Riverview football coach Dan O'Regan, the subject of a criminal battery investigation stemming from an alleged altercation with one of his players, indicated Saturday he hopes to tell his side of the story soon.

O'Regan wouldn't specifically discuss the investigation when reached Saturday, instead deferring all questions to his lawyer, Tampa-based trial attorney Erik Matheney. But O'Regan did suggest he won't walk away from the job he has held for four seasons.

"I believe in the legal system, I believe in the school district's legal system, and I believe the truth will come out in the end, and I don't have a problem with that," O'Regan said. "I'm a social studies teacher, and I've taught that for 24 years."

Matheney, reached Saturday evening, said he would honor a directive by school officials for O'Regan not to comment, but hoped to speak with them as early as Monday to relax that directive and allow O'Regan to talk.

"He'd certainly like to talk, and hopefully we'll be in a position to talk soon," Matheney said.

Allegations that O'Regan got into a physical confrontation with one of his players, reportedly a senior lineman, during an Oct. 6 game prompted a school district investigation.

On Thursday, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office received a formal battery complaint and has since forwarded its findings to the State Attorney's Office.

O'Regan didn't attend his team's season finale Friday against Plant City in a mutual agreement with school administrators.

Joey Knight can be reached at jknight@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3350.