Tony Romero’s exemplary work as Central Christian College’s men’s basketball coach has not gone unnoticed.
Romero’s 98 wins in his first five years as head coach has earned him a three-year contract extension, school officials announced on Thursday.
He is the first CCC coach to sign a multiyear deal.
Romero, a four-year Tiger standout from 2000 to 2004, spent five years as an assistant coach under Justin Gillette and Matt O’Brien, Since taking the reigns, Romero is 99-61 (counting Tuesday’s season-opening victory) despite playing in arguably the toughest NAIA conference in the country, the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference.
The Tigers have qualified for the MCAC Postseason Tournament in each of his five years. He has produced 13 All-MCAC players and three NAIA All-Americans.
Romero also has been an asset off the court. He has established a positive relationship with the greater McPherson area community through his summer camps, academy and individual instruction to local youth basketball players.
“It is with a spirit of gratitude that we are able to announce that we have reached an agreement on a three-year contract extension with coach Tony Romero,” CCC Athletic Director Chad Broadus said. “Coach Romero has been a valuable part of the coaching staff here at Central and we are excited that he will continue in that role.”
Broadus said Romero’s ability to develop the total student-athlete is another reason he was offered an extension as he has built something special here.
“As with each of our coaches, we value coach Romero’s commitment to not only train our student-athletes to become better basketball players, but to also become better individuals,” Broadus said. “He approaches each season with the team motto of ‘God above all and team above self.’ He also exemplifies the five core values of the NAIA’s Champions of Character model (integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership) on a consistent basis as he leads his teams.”
“I am excited and humbled about the opportunity I have been blessed with to sign an extension to continue serving as the men’s basketball coach at CCC,” Romero said. “This place is extremely special to my family and I. It has been such a huge part of our lives for the last 15 years and I hope it can continue to be well into the future. The support I have from President Hal Hoxie, Athletic Director Chad Broadus, Chief Student Affairs Officer Chris Smith, Sports Information Director Jeremy Nelson, as well as from all the faculty, staff, alumni and donors to this great school, is overwhelming. Over the years, the community of McPherson has also increased their support towards our school and program as we continue to strive to be excellent for which I am thankful. Being given the opportunity to raise our children (Ty, Nathan and Quinn) in the town of McPherson excites my wife, Lyndsi, and me. Over the years I have had the chance to coach some amazing young men and work with awesome assistant coaches that are close friends. Having the opportunity to do a job that I love doing daily is a great feeling. I have the chance to impact young men’s faith, character and education through the game of basketball. That is pretty cool.”
Romero has even higher goals than what the Tigers have attained so far.
“Our basketball program continues to grow and has made strides over the last few years but in no way do I feel we have arrived,” he said. “We understand that consistency year in and year out is required to be considered a high level program. The future of CCC and our basketball program is bright... ‘Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.’ (Proverbs 16:3) has always been a life verse of mine. I am thankful to do my best at putting that into practice here at Central Christian College. I am also thankful to my beautiful wife, Lyndsi, for allowing me to live out my dream. Any coach knows that without the support of their spouse, it just wouldn’t work. I am blessed to have a wife that serves right by my side. I can’t imagine coaching any other place.”