Rome McNary is entering his 8th season as Head Softball Coach after returning to Western Texas College in 2011. Rome spent two seasons as an assistant coach from 2003-2004 as well as four seasons as the Head Softball Coach from 2004-2008 of the Lady Westerner Softball program. In 2008, he left to become the Head Softball Coach and Varsity Defensive Line Coach for two seasons at Victoria Memorial High School and he also spent one year as the Head Softball Coach at Victoria West High School. At Victoria Memorial High School and Victoria West, McNary helped Victoria West High School to the Area round of the playoffs in 2011. While at Memorial and West, McNary coached 23 All-District Players and 1 All-State Player. During his ten years as the head coach at WTC, Rome has guided the team to ten Region V West Regional Tournament appearances and one National Tournament Appearance (2007) placing seventh. The 2007 Lady Westerners were also the 2007 NFCA Academic National Champions for the sport of Softball finishing with a 3.58 Team Grade Point Average for the year. Western Texas College has had a total of 23 All Conference players, 16 All Region Players, 1 All American player and has boasted 32 Academic All Americans during his tenure.
McNary began his softball coaching career in 1999 at Texas Wesleyan University as a graduate assistant while completing his college education. He coached fast pitch softball at Texas Wesleyan from 1999-2001 before taking a brief break from coaching in 2002. He then returned to coaching in the spring of 2003, when he arrived on the Western Texas College campus as Rodney McNeill’s assistant. McNary spent the 2003 and 2004 season’s as McNeill’s assistant before taking the reins when McNeill left for Ennis High School.
McNary is originally from Cuero, Texas located about an hour and a half from Corpus Christi and San Antonio. McNary graduated from Cuero High School in 1994. He played high school football, basketball and baseball and was a 1st team all-state Tight End, Punter and Placekicker as well as Honorable Mention All-State Defensive Tackle. In baseball Rome was the 1993 & 1994 District MVP and as a junior and made 3rd team all-state as a pitcher. After High School, Rome attended Ranger College in Ranger, Texas on a football and baseball scholarship. He then attended Texas Wesleyan University on a baseball scholarship where he finished his baseball playing career and earned his degree in 1999. While at Texas Wesleyan he was named To the Dean’s List, Heart of Texas Conference Player of the Week, Recipient of the Carroll Beringer Scholarship and received Texas Wesleyan Universities Gene and Ann Burge Sportsmanship Award.
In his spare time Rome likes to listen to music as well as visit family and friends in Cuero, Texas which is the town he credits for helping him become successful as an athlete as well as in the coaching profession. Rome credits and thanks his parents, grandparents and brother for leading him in the right direction as a kid. He would also like to thank his coaches, teachers, his cousin Brian for taking him to athletic events as a kid and longtime friend Dedric for supporting him and being a true friend all of these years. Rome has one daughter.