BHS alum Romero named new head volleyball coach

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As the saying goes — once and Eagle, always an Eagle,

Belen High School alum and former Valencia High School boys basketball coach Dominick Romero was officially named head volleyball coach for his hometown Eagles on Friday.

Romero, a 1988 graduate of BHS, will return to the high school volleyball sidelines for the first time since 2008, when he was head coach at Class 3A Socorro High School.

"This is my first go around here (at Belen High)," Romero said. "It's nice and exciting to be back at my alma mater."

Romero, who taught and coached eighth-grade volleyball at Los Lunas Middle School last season, was also head volleyball coach at Cobre High School in 1997 and at Hot Springs High in Truth of Consequences in the 2003 season.

He was also served as an assistant volleyball coach at NCAA Division II Western New Mexico University from 1995 to 1996.

Romero's last head coaching post was at Valencia High School, where he was head basketball coach from 2008 to 2011.

Although he hasn't coached high school volleyball since his stint at Socorro, Romero said he is "passionate about volleyball."

"I'm just really excited about getting my foot back in the door coaching volleyball," he said. "I'd been away from it for a while and I just missed it."

Romero said that although District 6-4A is a tough one, he expects his teams to be "competitive right away."

"I'm excited about the talent coming up in the program and the talent already here at the varsity level," he said. "Valencia and Los Lunas were both tough in years past, but expect us to be in the mix.

"I think have the players and ability to do that," he said.

The Eagles went 7-13 last season under coach Barbara Rodriguez.

"I think we will have some size on the front line but I'm really a strong believer in quickness and speed in the back row," said Romero. "Defense and ball control are going to be a huge emphasis."

I think have some of both (size and speed)," he said. "I just want to try to put it all together."