Fil-Am coach breaks records in college basketball

SANTA FE SPRINGS, CA — From Hollywood to Montana, Romeo Lagmay goes where the basketball bounces — and at every stop, he looks to break records.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Lagmay, whose father hails from Ilocos, has become one of the few Filipino American head coaches in the college basketball world.

“I knew from 11th grade, 1990 I was going to be a college coach, and when I played college when I was in Northern California, I was already helping out my coaches recruiting, designing certain plays and defenses it was always in my mind,” said Lagmay.

Starting as a middle school coach, Lagmay has moved up the ladder, making his way to Salem International University — part of the NCAA Division II to Christian colleges, and even a stint in the NBA’s Developmental League.

During his career, he’s managed to win a United States College Athletic Association National Championship in 2010, while coaching at Talladega College Alabama.

For the past 2 years he’s made his way to Montana as head coach of the Dawson Community College Women’s team.

At every stop he’s made, he’s set his sights at breaking school records, whether on the court or the classroom.

Until his arrival, Dawson had never had much success, but his team managed to break the national record for 3-point percentage in the game — while also having one of the highest grade point averages in the country.

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