After an eight year absence from a fully fledged athletic program, Talladega College is proud of the return of the women's basketball program. To lead the success of the Lady Tornadoes is an experienced individual named Romeo Lagmay, Jr. Coach Romeo Lagmay (pronounced Lug-My) has over 11 years of basketball coaching experience, with the last eight coming from the collegiate level. He has experience in coaching and recruiting men and women both on the collegiate and professional levels. Most of all his recruits have gone on to receive national recognition. Instant winning improvement, positive program images, increased academic team grade point averages, and becoming tough conference opponents are what make up his reputation as a coach, teacher, and supervisor of a basketball program. He is a talented recruiter, a program rebuilder, and an individual who sincerely cares for the overall moral development of his student-athletes in possessing the necessary life-long skills in order to become well-productive and successful graduates.
Coach "Romeo", as he prefers to be addressed, previously coached at NCAA Division II Salem International University as head women's basketball coach. In his two years at the helm, he instantaneously resurrected a struggling program that had not had a winning program in over 6 years prior to his arrival. After arriving in Salem, WV in 2006, he quickly used his recruiting prowess by landing some elite players to fill a squad that had only four returning players. After an early struggling 1-12 season before non-conference play, the Lady Tigers of Salem International University finished the season with an overall record of 12-16, and produced a winning 10-8 conference record. Salem International found themselves hosting a first round playoff game defeating West Virginia Wesleyan in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference basketball tournament and moving on as quarterfinalists for the first time in 6 years. They lost their second tournament game bid to Glenville State University, who was then ranked nationally #2 NCAA Division II. That year's campaign led the SIU women's basketball team to an impressive NCAA Division II national 18th ranking as the most improved program. Two of his players received accolades such as NCAA Division II East Region Kodak 1st Team All-American and WVIAC 1st Team, NCAA Division II East Region and WVIAC Leading Scorer, and was the #7 NCAA Division II leading scorer. Another player was named to the WVIAC All-Freshmen Team. Coach Romeo also held duties as head men's golf coach and as a faculty member in the department of physical education and health at SIU.
Most of Coach Romeo's career has been in the field of coaching men's basketball from 1998-2006. From 2002-2006, he was the lead men's assistant basketball coach and recruiting coordinator for West Virginia Tech, which was a NCAA Division II program. During his tenure there, the Golden Bears made significant improvements in the win-loss percentages and team grade-point averages. Coach Romeo also held other numerous duties, such as a lecturer and advisor in the physical education department, freshmen counselor, part-time softball coach, facilities coordinator, and head men's tennis coach.
Prior to his first full-time assistant position at West Virginia Tech, he was the men's graduate assistant basketball coach at NCAA Division II Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, from 2000-2002. There he assisted in every aspect of the men's basketball program from on the court coaching, recruiting, academic monitoring, film exchange, scouting, game opponent film analysis breakdown, strength and conditioning, budgeting, fundraising, community service, scheduling, and travel. He also served as an intern administrator in the department of athletics, specializing in compliance, and as a resident director in an off-campus dorm. Coach Romeo completed his stay at Slippery Rock with a Master's Degree in Counseling and Educational Psychology: Student Personnel.
In the spring of 2006, the West Virginia Wild of the professional arena of the IBL (International Basketball League) recognized Coach Romeo's quickly rising coaching abilities and strengths, and presented him with a head coaching offer as well as the organization's general manager. It was a short stint, because Coach Romeo favored his collegiate roots, and returned to the collegiate level. However, he still continues to coach professionally every summer in one of the NBA's prestigious summer professional basketball league held in Southern California. Some of his responsibilities include head coach, assistant coach, and player development and control.
In 1998, before arriving at the collegiate level, Coach Romeo founded and directed a basketball recruiting service called All About Basketball. His organization assisted high school and junior college athletes in obtaining athletic scholarships around the nation. He also served as an assistant varsity boy's basketball coach and head junior varsity coach at Los Angeles HS and Abraham Lincoln HS, both located in his hometown of Los Angeles, California. Aside from his professional recruiting service and high school coaching duties, he taught numerous courses at the secondary level in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
As a California state native and player, Coach Romeo played high school basketball for Fairfax HS and El Camino Real HS. After graduating with high school honors, he had a short stint career at Pasadena City College and finished his career at Feather River College (1993-95). At FRC, he was the team's captain and defensive player of the year, and graduated Phi Theta Kappa with an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Studies. He went on to complete his Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Physical Education: Teaching Emphasis at California State University, Dominguez Hills, in 1998.
|00||Ebony Richardson||FR||G||5-4||Oakland, CA|
|3||Shakila Cole||FR||F||5-4||Sacramento, CA|
|4||Whitney Love||JR||G/F||5-8||Spanish Fort, AL|
|14||Nikole Ramos||SR||G||5-7||Chino Hills, CA|
|20||Morgan Bennett||JR||F||5-11||Canoga Park, CA|
|22||Tamiko Rounds||JR||G/F||5-8||Los Angeles, CA|
|24||Rasierra Dye||FR||F||5-8||Jackson, MI/Jackson HS|
|32||Aniyah Bardell||FR||C||6-1||Vallejo, CA|
|42||Tanesha Hill||JR||F/C||6-0||Columbus, OH|