The house John Regas lived in from the time he was 4-years old through high school is 10 miles from the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Presented the opportunity to return to the Canton, Ohio, area, Regas found it too enticing to pass up.
Regas, the Franklin High School athletics director the past four school years, has been hired as the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Director of Partnership Services.
Moving back to Canton means Regas and his wife, Morgan, won’t lack for willing babysitters for their four young children (ages 7 down to 1).
Both John and Morgan’s parents continue to reside in the area.
Prior to taking the job at Franklin, Regas spent five years at the University of Florida overseeing corporate sponsorship for the Gators’ sports programs through a third party, IMG Worldwide Inc.
Even with the opportunity to move home, Regas said the decision was not an easy one.
“I will always love Franklin. The thing I will miss most are the relationships with our students and coaches and the ability for impact on our school and community,” Regas said. “One of the things I hope is a part of my legacy is emphasizing the importance on the life lessons that can be taught through participation in sports.
“Our coaches put enough pressure on themselves to win, so my approach was to help remind them of their purpose in coaching and the great impact they are having every day.”
Regas played football at Lake High School and was an NAIA All-American as a senior receiver at Malone University in Canton – now a Division II program.
He looks forward to the challenges associated with helping broaden the Hall of Fame’s brand and reputation.
“The game of football and the mission and vision of the Hall of Fame are something I am very passionate about,” Regas said. “The Hall of Fame is doing a lot of really cool things right now, and it’s exciting to be part of that.”
Regas begins his new job June 26. His final day at Franklin High School is June 7.
THE REGAS FILE
Name: John Regas
Born: Oxnard, California
Family: Wife, Morgan; sons, Jude, 7, William, 5, and Owen, 1; daughter, Gracie, 3
High school: Lake H.S. – 2002
College: Malone University – 2006
Majors: Business administration and sports management