A man who has coached football at two Fairfax County high schools was arrested Wednesday on charges of possessing and intent to distribute steroids, police said.
Jeffery Reagan, 43, had coached the South County High School football team for several years and was mostly recently “associated” with the West Springfield High School team, Fairfax County police said. He also taught at Mountain View Alternative Learning Center.
“We don’t have evidence to say he was distributing steroids to children, but it is an ongoing investigation,” said Lucy Caldwell, a Fairfax County police spokeswoman. “This is a good opportunity for parents to have conversations with their student athletes.”
Reagan, of the 10000 block of Moxleys Ford Lane in Bristow, was arrested in the Sully Plaza Shopping Center, where he allegedly met his illegal steroid supplier around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said.
Reagan’s alleged supplier, Jeremy Helbing, 35, of Leesburg, was also arrested and charged with distributing steroids. After Helbing’s arrest, detectives searched the man’s home, where they uncovered numerous substances which are being tested, police said.
Fairfax County police detectives launched the investigation after receiving a tip in December 2011.
Mary Shaw, a Fairfax County schools spokeswoman, wrote in an email that Reagan has been suspended from his job without pay.
A West Springfield High School booster club Web site listed Reagan as an offensive and defensive line coach there, but the listing was recently removed from the Web site.
Shaw said Reagan’s connection to the football program there was more fleeting and he had gone through the proper background checks.
“His ‘association’ with West Springfield consisted of attendance during two days of a recent football camp and a fitness workout session as part of him being evaluated to join the football staff,” Shaw wrote in her email.
On Thursday, West Springfield Principal Mark Greenfelder sent an email to parents saying Reagan would no longer be associated with the school.
“We want to assure parents that he was never alone with any of the athletes during this time,” Greenfelder wrote.
Pete Bendorf, a former South County High School football coach, said Reagan coached freshman football there under him for about five years beginning around the 2006 season. Bendorf said Reagan had been a lineman on a club football team at George Mason University.
”It’s a little sad to hear,” Bendorf said about Reagan’s arrest. “He was extremely loyal and I never had any issues with him.”
Reagan and Helbing could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday.
If anyone has additional information to provide police, they are asked to contact the Organized Crime and Narcotics Unit at 703-802-2700 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.