WSU promotes Joel Diaz Romero to Director of Recruiting, replacing Stacey Ford

WSU promotes Joel Diaz Romero to Director of Recruiting, replacing Stacey Ford


TUCSON, Ariz. – Washington State football recruits will be seeing some more faces moving forward.

That’s Joel Diaz Romero, who has been promoted from high school offensive scout to Director of Recruiting, the program announced Thursday. Romero spent last season in his first full-time position at WSU, which came after his first four seasons with the program, which he spent as a student assistant.

Romero replaces former recruiting director Stacey Ford, who has taken a job as Fresno State’s Director of Athletics, according to a source familiar with the situation. Ford had served each of the past two seasons as the Cougars’ Director of Recruiting, which came after a three-year stint as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Warren High School in Los Angeles.

Romero was instrumental in landing a few members of Washington State’s 2024 signing class, according to a source, including wide receivers Tony Freeman of San Mateo College and Chris Barnes of North Shore High in Houston.

WSU’s recruiting department now consists of Romero, director of university recruiting Taylor Long and general manager Rob Schlaeger.

Romero graduated from WSU in the spring of 2023 with a major in sports management.

WSU also announced Thursday that safeties and quarterbacks coach Jordan Malone has added defensive pass coordinator duties to his plate. Malone spent four seasons with the Cougs, the first as a defensive analyst and the second as the cornerbacks coach.

Ford’s departure marks the third offseason for WSU, which also lost quarterbacks coach Ray Brown to a gig at Boston College and offensive line coach Clay McGuire to the same job at Texas Tech.