Regina was born and raised in West Babylon. After graduation in 1980 Regina attended Adelphi University on an athletic scholarship. She
was named the Adelphi University Sophomore Athlete of the Year. As a centerfielder for the Panthers, she was twice named a Division 1
second team All-American and was a first team All-Region selection. She helped Adelphi to three NCAA tournament berths, including back
to back NCAA Division I College World Series appearances. For her efforts she was twice named to the NCAA Division I World Series All-
Tournament Team. Regina’s athleticism earned her a spot on the East National European Team Handball team. She had the honor of
training with the team at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and competed in the Olympic Sports Festival where they
captured the Gold Medal. Regina was a member of the 1984 USA Fastpitch Softball team and competed in the 1984 Olympics as an
exhibition sport where the US team won the Gold Medal defeating China 2-1 in extra innings.
Regina graduated from Adelphi in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education, after which she relocated to Ocala, Florida. She began her 32 year teaching career for the Marion County School District. Regina continued in softball, not only as a player, but as a coach and mentor as well. She played in the Women’s Professional Baseball League for the Ocala Lightning. She also competed in the inaugural season of the Women’s Professional Fast Pitch League for the Georgia Pride. She was chosen by her peers to act as a player representative to both leagues. As an assistant coach for the U.S.A. Athletes International Fast Pitch Softball Team, she helped guide the U.S.A. to a first-place finish at the Chianti Series tournament in Italy.
Regina helped grow the sport of Fastpitch Softball in Ocala and Marion County by participating in and organizing fundraisers from spaghetti dinners to camps and clinics. The money raised helped to develop fields, purchase equipment, and offer scholarships to deserving athletes in the community. Regina continues to help improve the level of play by providing clinics and lessons to coaches and players for youth softball programs in Marion County. During her tenure as coach and mentor, she helped young athletes continue their careers at the college level. She also served as the Florida High School Association District 7 Chair. As a high school coach, she was named District 7 4A Coach of the Year (1999-2000) and 6A coach of the Year (1995-96, 1996-97).
Many of her assistant coaches and former players now coach teams of their own at the high school and/or college levels. In 2008 Regina was inducted into the Adelphi University Athletic Hall of Fame and then again in 2012 with her former teammates receiving the Legendary Team Award.
It is with much love and appreciation that Regina would like to thank the many Teachers, Coaches, and family members who have given her a solid foundation and believed in her more than she believed in herself. To all of them, she owes much of who she is today. Of the honors received over the years, she feels her greatest accomplishment and honor is to be helping others live up to their potential and to recognize greatness within themselves. “Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.” Lady Bird Johnson