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Romero Signs 3 Year Extension to Coach Tigers

06-Nov-2014 McPherson, KS – November 6, 2014 – Central Christian College Athletics Director Chad Broadus is pleased to announce that the College has signed Tony Romero Tiger men's basketball coach, to a three year contract extension. Romero is the first coach at CCC to sign a multiyear deal.

Romero was a four year letter winner and stand out as a player for the CCC Tigers during his playing days (2000 – 2004). After graduation, he spent five years as a CCC assistant under coaches Justin Gillette, and Matt O'Brien. In 2009, Romero took over the head coaching responsibilities when O'Brien left. In his first five seasons at the helm, Romero's teams have gone 98-61 - a winning percentage of .616. Entering his 6th season, he is the longest tenured head coach on campus.

During his tenure at CCC, Coach Romero has had the opportunity to work with some quality teams and several standout players. In each of his first five seasons, his teams have played their way into the MCAC conference tournament at season's end. Those teams have included13 All Conference players and 3 NAIA All-Americans.

It's not only success on the court that has made Romero a valuable asset to the campus community. He has worked tirelessly to establish 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," said Chad Broadus. "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 believes that it is Romero's ability to relate to the young men on his team and his desire to see them to grow into quality individuals both on and off the court, that truly makes him a success. Broadus went on to say, "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. 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."

When asked what this commitment from the College means to him as a coach, Romero responded, "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. 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 over whelming. 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," continued Romero, "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!"

"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. 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 and I am to continue to be a piece of the puzzle. '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."

Romero is closing in on 100 wins as the head coach of the Tigers. The CCC athletics department is looking forward to celebrating that milestone with him in the next few weeks. Romero's 2014-2015 opened up play at home on Tuesday November 4th with an 89-56 win over the Barclay Bears.

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