The decision to leave Western Nebraska Community College wasn’t an easy one for Roybell Baez.
After weeks of thinking it over, Baez decided to take the offer to be an interim assistant coach at Laramie County Community College with the men’s basketball program.
“I am really excited. God presented me with a great opportunity to take this job when I came here with Coach Cory (Fehringer), who did a great job of preparing me for this day. Working with Coach Cory was really good for me because he has taught me a lot and prepared me for this opportunity. I am excited.”
Baez has served as an assistant coach the last four years, making this decision even more difficult.
“No, it wasn’t easy,” Baez said. “At first it was something I had to sit down and think about and get together with my family to make sure it was a good decision for everybody. I also had to sit down with Coach Cory and see what he thought about it. It was like a month process. It was not an easy process.”
Baez heads to LCCC to serve as an assistant to interim head coach DeWayne Saulsberry, who was hired in March to fill the men’s basketball coaching vacancy with the Golden Eagles.
Saulsberry sadi Baez brings energy to the Golden Eagles program.
“He brings in a winning attitude that our program needs,” Saulsberry said.
Baez said he has a lot of respect for Saulsberry.
“Dwayne is a good person. I like him a lot and he kept his word,” he said. “He called me after day one after he had got the job and said I was his guy.”
Baez heads to Cheyenne after being at WNCC the last four years, where he helped with all aspects of recruiting, which is one of the key reasons Saulsberry adding him to the coaching staff. Baez also organized the community service for that program and maintained its social media presence. Baez was a part of WNCC’s first Region IX title in 17 years and helped move nine student athletes onto four-year institutions.
While in Scottsbluff, Baez was more than a basketball coach. In 2018, he helped Cougar volleyball coach Binny Canales as an assistant volleyball coach. Baez also was an assistant baseball coach for the WESTCO Zephyrs during the summer.
“Honestly, the reason I did the volleyball thing a couple years ago was to help out Binny because I knew he didn’t have an assistant,” he said. “And baseball, I have a really good relationship with Coach (Mike) Jones and (Ryan) Burgner, so helping those guys was a no-brainer for me.”
As a student, Baez played basketball at Dakota College at Bottineau, North Dakota. He completed his playing career and obtained his bachelor’s degree at Dickinson State University, also in North Dakota.
Baez, who is from Miami, said he likes living in the Midwest.
“I am a Midwest guy for sure,” he said. “I never in a million years saw myself living in the Midwest, but I actually love it and appreciate it a lot. It is a lot safer and a lot better than where I come from.”
In the future, Baez is not ruling out being a head coach, but he said he wants to be the best assistant coach to offer the program.
“Honestly I always told people that I never wanted to be a head coach and I was OK with being an assistant,” he said. “But the older I get, it is more of a reality of being a head coach. Am I ready to be a head coach? I don’t think so. Am I going to say I am not going to be a head coach? No, because who knows. Just like this opportunity at Laramie County, who knows when these opportunities will come.”