Tony Romero is entering his first season as the Head Coach for Central Christian College. Romero has served as an assistant for the Tiger basketball program for the previous five seasons. Last season, Coach Romero served as the Associate Head Coach with Matt O'Brien, where he helped guide the Tigers to their first winning season since becoming a four year school. The Tigers qualified for NCCAA postseason play with a 15-14 record. This is the most wins for Central Men's Basketball as a four year institution, and the most wins for the program in 25 years. Last year's team also finished with a 5-7 conference record, the most since joining the MCAC in 2002, which included a win over National Runner-up College of the Ozarks on their home floor. Romero said "I am humbled and extremely excited about the opportunity to serve as CCC's next men's basketball coach."
As a player, Romero was a guard for the Tiger basketball team from 2000-2004. He was a four-year starter for the Tigers and during his playing career at CCC, he was voted "Newcomer of the Year," was a team captain three years in a row and was voted all-Conference MCAC player his senior season.
Coach Romero grew up in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where he graduated from Del City High School in May 2000. Following high school, Romero received his undergraduate degree from Central Christian College in Business Management and has plans to begin his Masters this spring.
Romero is entering his tenth year as a member of the Central family. He says "one of the most unique things about Central is the family atmosphere. It is a joy to serve at a school where I have the opportunity to take a family approach to coaching." Coach Romero includes his own family in the process as well, his wife Lyndsi likes to cook and bake for the guys while his oldest son Ty loves to be in the gym or at practice with the team.
Romero met his wife of seven years, Lyndsi while attending Central. They have been blessed with two boys, Ty Jeffrey (3 years old) and most recently Nathan Wade who will turn one in February. Coach Romero is also a member of the Residence Life staff here at CCC, as the Resident Director of Gillespie Hall. His wife, Lyndsi serves in the Financial Aid Office as the Office Manager.
Romero states, "I am so humbled from the support I have received from our Athletic Director Bob Marsh, Interim President Jerry Alexander, Dean of Students Chris Smith, and others that support this great school. Their support has enabled me to focus on the retention and development of our athletes both on and off the court as young Christian men. I want our players to understand that we have a ongoing responsibility to create an atmosphere of excitement around men's basketball but a bigger responsibility to continually grow as men in their faith, academics, and relationally. I want our players to leave Central Christian College not only with their degree but with understanding they are better equipped to take on the daily challenges they will face in their faith, work, and as husbands and fathers."
"Our coaching staff works hard to make each player reach their full potential at Central, not only as basketball players, but as Christian men. We pride ourselves on mentoring our athletes on a very real and personal level, and it is our desire that each athlete understand our love of Christ through our actions on the court and in our daily lives. Practice, weight lifting, chapel, team Bible study, and conditioning are all strong parts of the Central basketball program."
Coach Romero's coaching philosophy is to teach our student athletes "to daily pursue excellence!"
Louis is heading into his second year of coaching at Central in the men's basketball department. In 2008 - 2009, he served as the head JV coach. When Tony Romero took over the Tiger's head coaching position this summer, Louis was promoted to the role of head assistant coach.
Louis is a 2007 graduate of Central and is currently working on a masters degree in education from Northcentral University in Prescott Arizona. He is specializing in Sports Management and Leadership.
During his playing days, Louis was the all time leader in steals and free throws made at Central. He loved the game of basketball and played with passion every night he stepped on the floor.
Along with his basketball duties, Louis is involved in other areas at the school. He is a graduate assistant Resident Director in the North Kline residence hall. Louis has also recently plied his skill in church ministry preaching part time as a minister at Greater Pentecostal Church of God in Christ in Wichita Kansas.
Louis loves to coach; he enjoys "becoming a student of the game" as he would put it. He looks forward to what the year has to bring and is expecting big things out of himself and the players for the upcoming season.
Todd graduated with a degree in Business and a minor in Journalism. After graduating, Todd played for a year in the Australian Basketball Association, a semi-pro league in Australia. He has also been employed as a senior NBA writer for Handle Magazine and is currently a columnist for SLAMonline. Todd's long-term goal is to have a career in Journalism.
Of the opportunity to coach at Central, Todd says, "I'm thankful the Tony has given me the opportunity to return to Central, and I'm excited to be part of a growing program with a talented group of young men."