"Tim is a tremendous addition to our staff. With numerous years of experience as a head coach at the top junior college level at Dodge City CC, he'll be an invaluable asset to us at all levels of running our program," said Pogue. "Tim is an extremely hard worker, very passionate and a high energy guy that our players, recruits and fan base will feed off of. I'd like to thank Tim, his wife Annie, and their two young boys, Taylor and Keaton, for believing in our vision for Oakland men's soccer and jumping at the opportunity to join us in achieving all our goals on the field, in the classroom and in the community for fall 2017 and beyond."
Romanello, a North Prairie, Wisconsin native, 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.
"I am extremely grateful to Eric for this opportunity to contribute to an established, high-expectation program," said Romanello. "I am looking forward to all of the challenges and opportunities that Oakland Men's Soccer is going to provide and I'm ready to get to work and Wear the Bear!"
In 2016, Romanello guided 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.
During the 2015 season, he 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.
Romanello 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.