Head Soccer Coach
- 6th year as Head Soccer Coach
- Hometown: North Prairie, WI
- High School: Kettle Morain High School
- College: Lakeland College
Coach Tim Romanello enters his sixth season as head soccer coach at Dodge City Community College, and third as both the men’s and women’s head coach.
It took three years before Romanello first saw success, leading a relatively young men’s program to a then program high, 10 wins and its first national ranking (Week of September 26th). The men qualified for the Region VI Tournament for the first time under Romanello and since 2007, but were knocked out in the first round by Garden City, 3-1.
“Winning should never be accidental,” says Romanello. “In any city or program, to win, you need a collection of the right attitude, clearly defined goals and talent. Dodge [City] is no different, and it rarely happens [to get all three] in the first year. It’s a work in progress, and as much of a challenge as it has been, my job is to get Dodge [City] on the map. It’s been extremely exciting.”
The men saw considerable improvements from 2008 to 2009 and the national recognition in 2010 is clear indication the program is headed in the right direction. The men have been Region VI Tournament qualifiers the last three seasons and won a program-best 12 matches in 2012, finishing even with points for third-best.
Entering the 2011 season, Romanello took the additional task of coaching both programs. Winners of three matches from 2008-2010, the women have won 15 games combined in 2011 (7-11) and 2012 (8-12).
Romanello joined the Conquistador’s men’s program after five seasons as a head coach in Wisconsin, having led high school and collegiate teams alike to successful seasons. The North Prairie (Wisc.) native previously was the Men and Women’s Assistant at his Alma Matter (Lakeland College) in 2003 and 2004 and was the Girl’s Varsity Goalkeepers Coach for Sheboygan South High School in the spring of 2001.
A 2008 graduate of Lakeland College (Sheboygan, Wisc.), Romanello assumed his first head coaching job at the age of 22, leading the Sheboygan Area Lutheran High Girl’s Varsity squad to the most wins (10) in its nine year history, while accumulating the school’s longest unbeaten streak (8). The following fall, Romanello took direction of the Boy’s Varsity squad and re-established the Crusaders as a consistent soccer threat.
In 2007, Romaenello returned to the collegiate coaching ranks, this time as a head coach at the University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan. Romanello was a three-year starting defender at Lakeland College, captaining the Muskies for all three years, and made a Division III World Series appearance for Lakeland’s baseball team in 2002. Romanello was a two-time All-Conference, Classic 8 goalkeeper for the Lasers of Kettle Moraine High School (Wales, Wisc.). Romanello holds a NSCAA National Diploma in Team, Special Topics and Goalkeeping Institute.
His wife, Annie, is currently the Assistant Softball Coach. They have a son, Taylor, and are expecting a second child in April. They reside in Dodge City.