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Riverview coach cleared, can return to work

The State Attorney's Office investigated an incident between Dan O'Regan and a player.

By SCOTT PURKS
Published January 13, 2007


TAMPA - Riverview coach Dan O'Regan has been fully exonerated and can return to school next week, ending a two-month investigation by the State Attorney's Office into allegations O'Regan made hostile contact with a player.

"We could find no reason to pursue this anymore," Assistant State Attorney Pam Bondi said. "First, the incident was reported almost a month after it happened. The student in question had no visible injuries or bruises, the witnesses had conflicting stories and witnesses were uncooperative.

"So, as far as we're concerned, this is over."

O'Regan, who did not return phone calls Friday, has been on administrative leave since the first week of November when the investigations began. He also is a teacher at the school.

The incident in question occurred Oct. 6 during halftime of a game between Riverview and Blake. According to police reports, Riverview offensive lineman Rodney Days said O'Regan "grabbed my jersey and pushed me on my back and kicked me in my leg." The police report wasn't filed until Nov. 2.

Days could not be reached for this story.

O'Regan is 27-14 in four seasons as Riverview coach and has been in the Hillsborough County school system for more than 20 years.

Riverview principal Robert Heilmann also could not be reached for comment.

Scott Purks can be reached at purks@sptimes.com or 813 226-3353.