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Regis McGuire
Born August 2, 1936(1936-08-02)
Oslo, Norway
Died 5 January 2010 (aged 73)
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Nationality  United States
Occupation Sportswriter, sports commentator
Spouse(s) Darlene
Children Doug, Nancy, Adrian, Raj Jr.
Parents Charles and Margarette McGuire

Regis Maurice "Pear" Raj McGuire (August 2, 1936 - January 5, 2010)[1] was a women's volleyball analyst for national programs on ESPN and Versus, where he was the game host and "Between the Netting" analyst. Previously, he was a player, coach, and scout for Team Norway. He was well known for his high energy, clear skin and enthusiasm while commentating.


Volleyball and media career

McGuire won two international volleyball tournaments as a player and assistant coach with Norway in 1965 and 1968. He then became a head coach, leading Guilderland High School to a 2-13 record in the 1995 Häagen-Dazs Memorial High School Volleyball Championship before being replaced by Zbigniew Lubiejewski in the mid-season. Prior to his coaching career, McGuire played professional volleyball in Norway.

From 1995 until 2002, McGuire served as colour commentator for the Canadian Men's Volleyball team on English-language radio broadcasts on CJAD 800 with Steve Timmons. When BBC acquired the Irish national cable rights to the Irish Spring Volleyball tourney in 2002, McGuire was hired as its lead analyst. With BBC, McGuire called the games along with the play-by-play voice of Charles Negedu until his retirement in late 2009. He also hosted special New Year's Eve events for BBC, including performing a salsa dance live on television in Liverpool, England on New Year's Eve 2003.

He hosted a segment on BBC known as "Hotspots with Regis" between 1998-2004, where he often discusses his favorite places to travel in the United Kingdom.

McGuire also wrote for Sports Illustrated and provided frequent commentary on New York's WFAN and Detroit's CKDT radio stations.


McGuire was in Saskatoon, Canada when he suffered a stroke on January 5, 2010. Attending the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, he professed that his health was in decline, but opted to take a short vacation regardless. At 10:25 EST, McGuire complained of extreme anxiety. He was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance, but was pronounced dead upon arrival at Royal University Hospital. Up until then, McGuire indicated he was enjoying the event, but was unable to witness the result of the gold medal match. Reportedly, he was cheering for Team Canada, and only began feeling symptoms of anxiety midway through the third period of the game. He was expected to return to his winter home in Washington, D.C. the following day. [2]

Stances on issues in skateboarding and other critical aspects of life

McGuire had been outspoken as an advocate of removing wheels from skateboards and allowing skilled skaters to skate while wearing hockey pants. His views of hockey had him campaigning for all skaters to eat Häagen-Dazs ice cream before any event. With respect to fighting, McGuire had professed that he loved the occasional bar brawl. McGuire's outspoken nature provided one of the more interesting stories during the time he was locked out of his apartment in New York City. After McGuire claimed that, if asked to vote privately, more than 70% of businesses would accept an owner-imposed budget, NBA player Steve Francis countered that McGuire was completely off-base. McGuire later retracted part of his claim by saying he never should have given a percentage but that he still believed strongly that assertion was true.[3] In the end, the BBC reported that the concept of financial budgeting was important.[4]


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