Washington Names Lorenzo Romar as Men's Basketball Coach
April 3, 2002
Seattle - Washington athletic director Barbara Hedges announced today that Lorenzo Romar has been named Washington's men's basketball coach. He will be formally introduced at a news conference Thursday at 2:30 p.m. on the court at Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
'We are excited to have Lorenzo come back to the University of Washington and direct our basketball program,' Hedges said. 'Lorenzo is very highly regarded in the coaching profession and I think we are extremely lucky to have him back as a Husky.'
A 1980 University of Washington graduate, Romar has compiled a 93-88 (.514) record in six years as head coach at Pepperdine and Saint Louis. In three years (2000-2002) with the Billikens, Romar notched a 51-44 (.537) mark, including two postseason appearances. Romar's 2000 Saint Louis squad went 19-14, including an upset of top-ranked Cincinnati, en route to the school's first-ever Conference USA championship and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to his arrival at Saint Louis, Romar guided Pepperdine to 36 wins in his final two seasons at Pepperdine, including a berth in the 1999 Postseason NIT. Before joining the Waves prior to the 1996-97 season, Romar built a reputation as one of the nation's top recruiters while an assistant under Jim Harrick at UCLA from 1992-1996. There he helped build UCLA's 1995 national-championship team, recruiting such talent as Toby Bailey, Cameron Dollar, J.R. Henderson, Kris Johnson, Jelani McCoy and Charles O'Bannon.
Romar earned two letters for Washington in 1979-1980 under legendary head coach Marv Harshman. He was twice named most inspirational by his teammates and averaged 9.3 points per game and 3.5 assists per game while captaining the 1979-80 squad to an NIT berth.
Romar was selected in the seventh round of the 1980 NBA Draft by Golden State Warriors, and totaled over 1,000 points and 1,000 assists in a four-year NBA career with the Warriors and Milwaukee Bucks.
A native of Compton, Calif., Romar graduated from Pius X High School. He earned his associate degree from Cerritos Community College in 1978 before receiving his bachelor's degree from Washington.
Romar, and his wife, Leona, have three daughters, Terra, Tavia and Taylor.
ROMAR'S NCAA DIVISION I CAREER COACHING RECORD
Year School W-L Conf. Postseason1996-1997 Pepperdine 6-21 6th1997-1998 Pepperdine 17-10 2nd1998-1999 Pepperdine 19-13 2nd NIT1999-2000 Saint Louis 19-14 7th NCAA/C-USA Tourney Champ2000-2001 Saint Louis 17-14 7th C-USA Quarterfinal2001-2002 Saint Louis 15-16 4thCareer 6 years 93-88 (.514)