Among John Regas’ childhood memories are the times his family would drive to get frozen custard while visiting relatives in Franklin.
Regas, who spent much of his life in Ohio, will have plenty of chances after being named Franklin Community High School athletics director. The Franklin school board approved the hiring Monday.
“As you get older you find out what’s important is being close to your family. I have an aunt, uncle, three cousins and a grandmother who all live between Franklin and Bargersville,” said Regas, 29, who begins his new job Aug. 19. “I visited there all the time growing up. I’ve been to Franklin probably hundreds of times.”
Regas has been employed at the University of Florida since 2008, his role being to oversee corporate sponsorship for the Gators’ athletic programs through a third party (IMG Worldwide Inc.).
His final day there is July 31.
Regas succeeds former Franklin athletics director Kip Staggs, who in May announced he would be leaving after three years to become the new boys.
For someone already familiar with Johnson County, it’s an opportunity Regas simply couldn’t pass up.
“My personality is that I want to do what’s right as opposed to what’s popular. I did consider it heavily, spending two days in Franklin with my family,” said Regas, who has two young sons with his wife, Morgan, his high school sweetheart.
“What I noticed is there is a strong spirit of collaboration and community there. Everyone knew everyone. Everyone wanted to work with everyone, and we’re excited to be part of that.”
Born in Oxnard, Calif., Regas was 3 when his family moved to the town of Hartville, Ohio (population: 2,944), which is halfway between Canton and Akron. Regas went on to be a three-sport athlete at Lake High School and later participated in two sports while carrying a double-major at Malone University.
Regas earned numerous honors at Malone, including being named NAIA Academic All-American in football as a senior. He was an Academic All-Conference choice in both football and track all four years.
Prior to his five-year stint at Florida, where he also was an adjunct faculty member, Regas served internships at Kent State University and the University of Washington before working in athletic business operations at Ohio University.
Now, in a sense, he’s coming home.
“I think what I bring is a fresh perspective. Another thing is my experience in athletics both as an athlete and as an administrator,” Regas said. “I’m looking forward to serving our students and coaches and helping them achieve the mission and vision of Franklin Community Schools and their personal goals.”