Athletic Director Bill O’ Connor has hired Richard Romain-Dika as the new Head Women’s Soccer Coach for Bellevue College.
Romain-Dika is a familiar face at Bellevue College. He was an NWAC all-star for the Bulldog men’s soccer team in 2005 and 2006, leading Bellevue to the finals during his sophomore season.
He is coaching the Rainier Beach HS boys’ soccer team this spring and also was on staff for the Cameroon Women’s National Team for the World Cup held in Canada this past year. Romain-Dika has a B.A. in Business Administration from Eastern Washington University and is currently employed in the tech department on campus at Bellevue.
Coach Farzeen joins Bellevue College Women’s Soccer staff as an assistant coach starting in 2016.
Farzeen has been coaching soccer since 2003. He has completed his USSF National ‘C’ course and remains an active soccer player himself. He has coached at Bellevue Youth Soccer, FC Edmonds, Crossfire Select, Bellevue High School and most recently at Shoreline Community College. His philosophy is to foster a love for the game of soccer with an emphasis on team, where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This team-oriented philosophy has proven very successful demonstrated by an extremely high player return rate and an impressive record on the field. Farzeen is a great communicator and effectively utilizes benchmarks and visual communication methods to teach concepts. Farzeen firmly believes sportsmanship, character, respect and accountability are essential components of development of a successful, well-rounded athlete and he works hard to inspire these qualities in each player that he coaches.
Starting with a GU11 team and taking them all the way through GU18, Coach Farzeen’s teams have had notable success by finishing in first place in seven of eight league-play seasons with five undefeated seasons, two perfect seasons and a remarkable 93% win/tie percentage in almost 100 league games. During this run, his teams finished as champions or finalist in 70% of all competitions including local and out-of-state tournaments and won 3 state championships twice representing Washington State at the Region IV President’s Cup. Farzeen considers his most important accomplishment as having a team (18 players) GPA of over 3.6 for their entire four years of high school; many of his players receiving academic scholarships and acceptance from schools such as Stanford, Northwestern, Cal Poly, Notre Dame, University of Washington, and Gonzaga.
Coach Farzeen and his wife, Sheedeh have two daughters ages 19 and 18. He has a BS in Computer Science from Western Washington University. When he is not coaching, playing or watching soccer, Farzeen has been a successful software executive for the past 18 years currently the co-founder and Vice President of Research and Development at Quality in Motion, Inc.
Last Updated July 7, 2016