2017 marks the first season for Tim Romanello as the Director of Soccer Operations for the Oakland men's soccer program.
Prior to coming to Oakland, Romanello recently concluded his ninth season as the head men's soccer coach at Dodge City and sixth at the helm of the women's soccer program finishing with an overall men's team record of 62-69-9 and 51-54-1 on the women's side.
The 2016 campaign saw Romanello guide both the men's and women's soccer teams to berths in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region VI Tournament for only the second time in the same year in school history.
On the women's side, DC won five of their last eight matches to finish with an 8-8-0 overall record while the men would compile a 5-10-2 record. A total of 10 players (five women, five men) would be named to the all-conference squads including the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) West Men's Defensive Player of the year. A total of three players (one woman, two men) would go on to be named NJCAA All-Region VI Selections.
During the 2015 season, Romanello led the men's squad to an 8-8-1 overall record while the women finished 10-7 and qualified for the KJCCC tournament. Two players from both the men's and women's team signed with four-year schools following the 2015 campaign.
The 2014 season was a very productive year for Coach Romanello as he led the Conquistadors to an 11-5-2 record on the men's side and a 9-6-1 mark on the women's. It was the first time in program history that the men and women's teams finished with winning records in the same season.
The Conquistadors were nationally ranked in 2010 with a 10-8 finish. The 7-5 conference mark qualified them for the sixth-seed in the Region IV Tournament, where they fell to Garden City 3-1 in the quarterfinals. Since then, the men made five straight appearances in the Region VI Tournament, including a third and fourth-place finish in the conference.
Dodge City advanced to a semifinal appearance in 2012 where they lost to Barton 2-0 finishing with a program-high 12 wins. Dodge City lost in 2013 to Cloud County in the quarterfinals, then lost again to Barton in 2014 in a double-overtime heart-break thriller in the quarterfinals to wrap up an 11-5-2 season, which was the men's best point-per-match mark (1.85). In 2014, they were ranked as high as 18th in the NJCAA and NSCAA national polls.
In 2011, Romanello took on extra responsibilities being named women's head coach taking over a program that went 3-43-2 the previous three years. He immediately guided the team to seven wins in 2011, eight in 2012 and nine in back-to-back seasons in 2013 and 2014.
Romanello established himself in the coaching ranks at an early age of 22, when he led Sheboygan Lutheran High School (Wisc.) girls and boys for three years before being instrumental in establishing a soccer program at UW-Sheboygan in 2007. A year later, Romanello signed on for the Dodge City job two weeks before the 2008 season.
Romanello, a North Prairie, Wisconsin native, earned a bachelor's degree in History from Lakeland University (Sheboygan, Wisc.) in 2008. He also holds a USSF National E Diploma in Team, Special Topics and Goalkeeping Institute.
At Lakeland, Romanello was captain of the men's soccer team for three seasons from 2000-2003. He also made an appearance in the NCAA Division III World Series with Lakeland's baseball team in 2002. Following his playing career, he joined Lakeland's coaching staff as an assistant before becoming the goalkeepers coach for Sheboygan South High School.
Tim and his wife Annie have two sons, Taylor and Keaton.