Tony Romero is entering his second season as the head coach for Central Christian College. Romero served as an assistant for the Tiger basketball program for the previous five seasons (2004-2009). Last season Romero guided the Tigers to their first 20 win season since becoming a four-year school, finishing with a 21-11 record. This is the most wins for Central Men's Basketball as a four-year institution, and the most wins for the program in over 25 years. The Tigers qualified for the MCAC conference tournament for the first time in the programs history with a 6-6 conference record, the most since joining the MCAC in 2002, which included a win over NAIA II National Semi-finalist Oklahoma Wesleyan University-who was ranked 2nd in the NAIA II at the time. Romero says, "last year was great experience for our players and coaches, but that is now history. Our focus is now to build on that success and continue to improve in all areas of our program. We return a good nucleus of players and have added a good group of transfers and freshmen that are eager to make their mark on CCC basketball. Our coaching staff is extremely excited about the potential of this year's group."
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. Romero also earned records on the court as one of Central's career leader in points, three point field goals made and free throws made.
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 master's degree classes this spring.
Romero is entering his eleventh 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 their two sons, Ty and Nathan love to be in the gym or at practice with the team.
Romero met his wife of eight years, Lyndsi, while attending Central. They have been blessed with two boys: Ty Jeffrey (3 years old) and, Nathan Wade who will turn two in February. Coach Romero is also a member of the Residence Life staff here at CCC, as the Resident Director of Parsons Hall. His wife Lyndsi serves in the Financial Aid Office as the Office Manager.
Romero states "I am so humbled from the support and leadership I have received from President Hal Hoxie, and the mentorship of our Athletic Director Bob Marsh, and Dean of Students Chris Smith, as well as 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 an 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 also 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!"