Sean O'Regan (JMU '03) returned to his alma mater in the summer of 2007. A former JMU men's basketball team manager, he has developed into an outstanding coach who has been recognized as one of the top assistants in the nation.
After five seasons (2007-12) as an assistant coach for the Dukes, he was promoted to associate head coach following the 2012 season.
In O'Regan's first six seasons at JMU, the Dukes have averaged nearly 26 wins per year and have advanced to postseason play all five years. In that span JMU has won two Colonial Athletic Association championships (2010, 11) and has played in two NCAA Tournaments (2010, 11) and four Women's National Invitation Tournaments (2008, 09, 12, 13). The 2012 team advanced to the WNIT championship game, and the 2013 team advanced to the WNIT quarterfinals. JMU teams have a record of 154-54, a winning percentage of .740, during O'Regan's tenure (2007-13).
O'Regan has been recognized as one of the top assistants in mid-major conferences, as Jason Belzer of CollegeInsider.com rated him number 11 on his 2011-12 list of the nation's top 25 assistant coaches in the mid-majors. Criteria used by Belzer included longevity with the program, overall program success while on staff, total years as an assistant, head coaching experience, recruiting, reputation amongst peers, and future potential. Belzer created the list "to honor those assistants who have done great work throughout their careers and bring something truly special to a staff." He wrote that "O'Regan has been integral to the Dukes' consistent success."
Enthusiastic about teaching, he loves to watch game film with the players and work with them to improve their overall game.
O'Regan coordinates JMU's schedule and is also in charge of the Dukes' guard play.
O'Regan came to JMU from the University of Evansville, where he was an assistant men's basketball coach from 2005-07. He coached three players who have since gone on to play professionally in Europe. They include Matt Webster (playing in France), an All-Missouri Valley Conference honoree (2006-07), Bradley Strickland (The Netherlands) and Arturs Stalbergs (Latvia).
Among the players he helped recruit and coach were Jason Holsinger and Shyron Ely. Holsinger was selected to the MVC All-Freshman team (2005-06), set Evansville's freshman scoring record and eventually was voted the AAA Scholar Athlete of the Year (2008-09). Ely was also selected to the MVC All-Freshman team (2005-06) and was named first team All-MVC and was runner-up for Player of the Year in the MVC (2008-09).
O'Regan was at Evansville for four seasons, the first two as director of operations. During his time as the director of operations, he served as the academic liaison and was responsible for running all summer basketball camps as well as team travel, film exchange, hiring and managing the team's managers, and ordering and distributing equipment.
The Montpelier, Vt., native holds a bachelor's degree in kinesiology with a concentration in sports management.
His wife, the former Cara Campo, handles marketing and graphic design for a Boston-based entertainment firm. Sean and Cara are parents of a son, Liam, born in October 2009, and a daughter, Addison Susan, born in May 2013.