Thomas Romack is the new Sunnyside High School football coach after serving as defensive coordinator for Glenn Posey, who announced his retirement last month to spend time with family after his father passed away recently.
Romack, a 2013 graduate of Buena High School, was a standout at linebacker for the Colts who went on to play for Pima College in 2013 and 2014 before playing at Dakota State in 2015 and 2016.
“I know the tradition and standard that Sunnyside football has had in the past,” Romack said. “Talking to Posey when we first came here (in 2019) was getting us back to that tradition of being physical, strong and winning football.
“That’s the growth that we’ve had … the tradition of the weight room when it comes to Sunnyside football, we feel that it’s back to that and translating on to the field and into the classroom.”
Posey served as an assistant coach at Pima from 2016-18 before returning for his second coaching stint at Sunnyside in 2019. Romack served as a graduate assistant at Pima in 2017 and 2018 when Jim Monaco was the head coach before the program was terminated for financial reasons.
Romack coached a Sunnyside defense last year that allowed the fewest points per game (17.4) in the 5A Sonoran Region. The Blue Devils tallied 16 sacks as part of 30 tackles for loss and had eight interceptions.
Posey, a 1987 Sunnyside graduate, coached his alma mater in two separate stints — 2011 to 2015 and 2019 through 2021. He also coached Flowing Wells in 2000 and 2001. His 10-year head coaching career record is 53-43.
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