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Highland Names New Head Coach

FREEPORT � Highland Community College officials announced today that after a review of the pool of applicants for the head men's basketball coaching position, the decision was made to select last year's assistant coach, Zac Roman, as the new head men's basketball coach of the Highland Cougars.

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Roman will take the reigns from interim head coach, Ronnie Dean, who is leaving to take a full-time position as head assistant at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, IA. funny pictures

�After evaluating the pool of applicants, Zac's background and coaching experience made him the obvious choice to continue the winning tradition of the Cougar men's basketball team,� said athletic director, Pete Norman. funny images

�Zac is a firm believer that the team members are students first and athletes second. People who have had contact with Zac this past year both in and out of the basketball arena recognize that he is a quality individual and we look forward to him leading the Cougars,� added Norman. funny photos

According to Highland President Joe Kanosky, �Zac is very qualified to fill this position for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is having served as Ronnie Dean's head assistant this past year.�

A graduate of Wichita State, Roman served as head assistant coach at Johnson County Community College from 2003 to 2006, serving as interim head coach over the final three months of the 2006-07 season. Roman guided the Cavaliers to a Region VI championship, District 10 championship and a berth in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament. In addition, he was named NJCAA District 10 Coach of the Year.

Prior to Coming to Highland this past October, Roman served as acting head coach for Southeast Missouri State University.

�I worked with Ronnie Dean while at Southeast Missouri State,� said Roman. �When he called to ask me to come to Highland as his assistant, I was excited. I was well aware of the tradition of HCC basketball and all that Pete (Norman) has done here. The program is well respected across the nation, it�s just the kind of thing you want to be associated with.�

Roman is looking forward to the upcoming season. �We have got the nucleus coming back that will give us the chance to be very competitive,� he said. �Our goals are the same as this past year � to win our Conference, win our Region and have a shot a getting to the National tournament by winning the District.�

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