Assistant, Media Relations and Publications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 19, 2011) – Dan Regan (Edmond, Okla.) has been named the 2011 U.S. Men’s Sitting Volleyball Athlete of the Year.
“As one of the team’s newest players to be starting, he has made consistent improvement in both attacking and blocking,” said Bill Hamiter, USA Volleyball’s sitting volleyball program director.
In just his second season with the U.S. Men’s team, Regan proved to be a strong force on the volleyball court in the 2011 year, competing at the Sarajevo Open in Bosnia-Heregovina, the 2011 Continental Cup in Kettering, England and in the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Regan, an Army National Guard Staff Sgt., had his right leg amputated above the knee as a result of war injuries. He has been playing volleyball since 2006 and joined the U.S. Men’s team in 2010.
“I am honored to receive such recognition,” Regan said. “It came as a bit of a surprise, as I feel that every member of our team is worthy of this. Each member has worked diligently on and off the court and has made many sacrifices with one goal in mind, London 2012.”
At the Parapan American Games the team took silver in a dramatic rematch with Brazil, coming up short of a Paralympic bid. Regan contributed six points for six kills for Team USA in the final match of the tournament. Leading into the final faceoff of the Parapan Am Games the U.S. held a 6-0 record with wins over Canada, Costa Rica, Colombia, Mexico and a first-match win over Brazil. Brazil edged the U.S. in four sets to capture the gold and the Paralympic bid.
“Though, so far we have come up short of the London goal, I have never felt more confident in our team’s skill level and cohesion on the court as out upcoming ‘last chance to qualify’ quickly approaches,” he said.
In March, 2012 the team will have its last chance to qualify for the Paralympic Games at the Intercontinental Cup in Cairo, Egypt. Sixteen men’s teams will compete in the tournament and the highest placed men’s team not previously qualified will earn a bid to the London Paralympics.
“It is a good feeling to be recognized individually for the hard work and sacrifices made, but I am fully aware that it is my teammates and coaches that got me here.”