BG boys hoop coach resigns
NASHUA – Another week, another high school coach steps aside.
This time it’s Bishop Guertin High School boys basketball coach Matt Regan, who announced on twitter Friday night that he was stepping away from coaching for family reasons.
However, rather than conduct a search, the Cardinals acted quickly, immediately naming Regan’s assistant – and actually former Guertin head coach – John Fisher to his second tour of duty at the helm.
“We don’t want to miss a beat,” Paladino said, “so we’ve got John Fisher. He’s an outstanding person and a coach. He’s Matt’s assistant, the kids know him. Before even Matt with the kids, we inquired whether he’d be interested and he said absolutely. So I met with him (Friday) and we’ve made it official. I can’t tell you for sure if this is interim.”
Fisher, also a former Rivier assistant, coached the Cardinals close to 15 years ago. He’s currently the chief of police in Carlisle, Mass., and has been well respected at Guertin and the local basketball community for years.
“He said ‘I have the time, I have the passion, I love BG, and I’ll do anything you guys need,’ ”
Paladino felt Regan’s reasons were valid. Adding to them was the fact he and his wife have a newborn to go with their two other children.
“My reason is simply family,” Regan said in his statement. “I often brag that my father worked two jobs and somehow managed to be at every game I ever played evein if it meant he didn’t sleep.
“I, on the other hand, have missed too many of my 12 and 9-year-olds’ sporting events and family functions because of my commitments. Holding my newborn and looking at my daughters has made me realize those
opportunities will be gone before I know it.”
Paladino acted quickly, after Regan, who teaches at Pelham, met with him this past week.
Otherwise the timing for Guertin would have been tough, is tough, since some boys programs have players competing in fall leagues, and about two months away from the start of practice.
Regan, the former Pelham High School boys coach, was hired by BG in 2016, taking over for school alum Jim Migneault, who had coached the Cards to a title and two finals appearances in nine seasons. Philosophical differences led to Migneault’s departure. He coached Trinity the last two years.
but is reportedly not returning there for a third.
Regan at first thought he would stay on the job but requested a meeting with Paladino this week. His Cardinals made the tournament his first season, but missed it the next two. Before BG, he coached at Pelham for six years, winning back-to-back Division III state titles in 2015 and 2016 and went 110-33.
Regan, in his statement, thanked the Guertin administration, his assistant coaches and players for all their support. He becomes the second local hoop coach to step away, as Merrimack girls coach Courtney Cheetham resigned last month after a couple months of reflection. Regan will still likely be involved in basketball as the owner of Next Level
“I’m sure I will coach high school again but for now my focus is showing up for my family,” he said, “growing as a professional within mu school district, and continuing to develop basketball players through training AAU, and life lessons.”