Dibbini Announces Romo as Assistant Coach

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State head women's soccer coach Mike Dibbini has begun to shape his inaugural coaching staff, as he has added Gabe Romo as an assistant coach in an announcement on Monday.

"We are very excited to welcome Gabe to the K-State family and to be a part of building the women's soccer program," said Dibbini of his new assistant coach. "Gabe has a lot of passion for making sure the student-athletes have a great soccer and student-athlete experience. Our philosophies and values in both coaching and recruiting the right student-athletes are synchronized. Gabe will make an impact in helping build the program and creating strong relationships within the program."

Romo joins K-State following a one-year stint in 2014 as the head men's and women's soccer coach at Holy Names University in Oakland, California. Romo guided the men's program to a 6-12 record and tutored the 2014 Pacific West Conference (PWC) Player of the Year and All-PWC First Team honoree, Jaime Phillips.

"I'm very excited to be a part of the K-State family," said Romo about his appointment to Dibbini's staff. "To be able to work with Coach Dibbini again is an honor and something I've looked forward to since we parted ways in 2013. K-State not only has a great athletic department but also an excellent academic reputation. The opportunity to represent this school is humbling and I look forward to doing big things on the field, in the classroom and in the community under coach Dibbini's leadership."

Prior to his time at Holy Names, Romo was at Kansas Wesleyan from 2011-14 as a member of Dibbini's staff and as the head men's soccer coach. As the men's head coach in 2013, Romo registered a 13-4-3 record while earning Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) Coach of the Year honors. Romo guided the Coyotes to a 2014 NAIA National Tournament appearance while capturing the KCAC regular season and tournament titles.

In 2012, Romo served as the associate head men's and women's soccer coach under Dibbini at Kansas Wesleyan. Romo was responsible for assisting with all aspects of both programs which included recruiting and retention of student-athletes and aiding in the design and implementation of training sessions.

Both programs had significant success in 2012, as the men finished with a 16-3-2 record and secured the KCAC regular season and tournament titles, while making an appearance in the NAIA national tournament and a final NAIA ranking of No. 10. The women notched a 20-2 overall mark and secured KCAC regular season and tournament crowns on their way to an NAIA national tournament appearance and a final NAIA ranking of No. 11.

In 2011, Romo was the first assistant coach for the Kansas Wesleyan men's and women's programs. He helped both programs to KCAC regular season and tournament crowns and appearances in the NAIA national tournament. The men finished with an overall record of 17-4, while the women carded a 16-2-2 mark.

Before his time on the sidelines with his alma mater as an assistant coach, Romo picked up head coaching experience with Lancaster (Calif.) High School in 2009-10 and La Canada (Calif.) High School in 2010-11.

Romo graduated from Kansas Wesleyan in 2009 with a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice. During his time with the Coyotes, Romo was a four-year letter winner and team captain in 2008 on the men's soccer team. He helped Kansas Wesleyan to an overall record of 56-22-5 in his four seasons including three KCAC regular season conference titles (2005, 2007 and 2008) and two KCAC tournament crowns (2005 and 2006).

With the excitement of K-State Soccer ramping up, memberships in the newly formed K-State Soccer Founders Club continue to be accepted. To join or receive more information, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS.