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KWU Soccer Coach Romo Resigns

KSAL Sports - May 17, 2014 8:32 am

Kansas Wesleyan Men’s Soccer coach Gabe Romo has resigned his position to take a position as head men’s and women’s soccer coach at Holy Names University in Oakland, California.

“We regret seeing Coach Romo leave KWU,” said Dr. Mark Bandre, Vice President of Enrollment Management on behalf of KWU Director of Athletics Mike Hermann, who is currently overseas serving as a Cabinet representative on the KWU Choir Tour of Eastern Europe. “Our returning players, new recruits and fans of Coyote Soccer should rest assured we will leave no stone unturned to find the right leader for our program.”

Romo spent one season as head coach of the KWU Men’s Soccer program in 2013, succeeding former coach Mike Dibbini prior to the start of the season. He led the Coyotes to their fourth straight KCAC Regular Season Championship and fifth straight KCAC Tournament Championship and fifth straight berth to the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round. Romo was also named the 2013 KCAC Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year.

Romo also spent two seasons as an assistant coach for the Coyotes in 2011 and 2012, handling a majority of the on field operations for the men’s program in his second season.

He played four seasons at Kansas Wesleyan from 2005 to 2008 while working towards completion of his Bachelor of Arts degree In Criminal Justice.

After graduation, Romo returned to his native California coaching for a major youth soccer program, LAFC, where he won a state championship and placed third in the regional tournament with his under 13 boys’ team. He also coached at La Canada High School, leading the 2010 team to a 22-0 regular season record and a No. 1 ranking in the state most of the year.

Romo also spent time as a coach in Salina in the Salina Soccer Club.

“I’ve spent eight years coaching in Salina along wth my time at Kansas Wesleyan,” Romo said. “I am grateful for the opportunities that the Club and Kansas Wesleyan gave me and that KWU trusted me to become the head coach. I will never forget the people and experiences I gained at KWU as an alumni and employee and will cherish the experiences as I look toward the future.”

The search for a new coach for the KWU Men’s Soccer program will begin immediately. In the interim, graduate assistant coach Rommel Forde will serve as a point of contact for the program until a new coach is appointed.