A former Fairfax County high school football coach and teacher pleaded guilty Thursday to dealing anabolic steroids.
Jeffery Scott Reagan, 44, of Bristow, could face up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced in March on one count of possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute.
Reagan had been a coach with the South County High School football team for about five years beginning in 2006, and more recently briefly worked with the West Springfield High School football team.Reagan also taught at the Mountain View Alternative Learning Center before his arrest.
Reagan started teaching at Mountain View Alternative in 2007. He was a football coach at South County Secondary School from 2007 through 2011.
“First of all, it’s horrible that a coach would be buying steroids, but also, I’d be afraid that the coach would be trying to sell them to students,” says parent Laurie Griggs.
Investigators say he was not currently coaching, but he was in the process of trying to get a coaching job at West Springfield High School.
Now the school system has suspended Reagan without pay until further notice.
“This is not an issue that is alone here in Fairfax County. It’s not only across the region, but it’s certainly in gymnasiums across the country, so it’s time to talk about the issue,” Caldwell says.
“You always tell your kids it doesn’t have to do anything about steroids, it has to do with drugs. So you tell your child if your coach or your friends or anybody else offers you anything, you say no,” Griggs says.
Fairfax County prosecutor Brandon Shapiro said at Thursday's hearing that in mid-June Reagan drove from Mountain View to the Sully Plaza Shopping Center, where he arranged a deal with an undercover police officer.
Reagan's alleged supplier, Jeremy Helbing, of Leesburg, was also arrested as part of the bust. He is scheduled to appear in Fairfax County General District Court on similar drug charges later this month.
At the time of Reagan's arrest, police said they had no indication Reagan dealt steroids to any students.