Lorenzo Romar Documentary Airs August 17th on Fox Sports Northwest

Aug. 13, 2004

SEATTLE - Third-year Washington men's basketball coach Lorenzo Romar will be featured on a 30-minute episode of Fox Sport Net's critically acclaimed television series 'Before the Bigs.'Romar's documentary airs Tuesday, Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Northwest. The half-hour profile traces Romar's life and career from the playgrounds of Compton, Calif., to his present position as the head basketball coach at UW.It features interviews with Lorenzo's lifelong friends, family, college and professional teammates, coaching mentors and proteges. At every turn, it seems there was somebody telling Romar 'you're not good enough.' And yet everywhere he went, Romar succeeded: beyond others' expectations, perhaps, but not beyond his own.Getting suspended from his high school basketball team was just one of the many obstacles Romar faced in his hoops career. Learn how he managed to persevere and then rise to the top of his profession.Before the Bigs may best be described as a 30-minute sports documentary that thoughtfully weaves the stories of the people, places and events that cultivated the lives of the Northwest's biggest sports personalities, up to the point when they reached 'the big-time.'Utilizing never-before-seen video and photos, as well as extensive interviews with family, friends, teammates, neighbors, and coaches, Before the Bigs constructs the building blocks that made these people who they are today. It is storytelling beyond what viewers will find anywhere else. By reaching further and looking deeper, Before the Bigs captures the essence of the most prevalent names in the Northwest sports scenes, providing a better understanding of who they are and what they are about.Romar directed a spectacular turnaround in his second season with the Huskies. UW posted a 19-12 record in 2004 and participated in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1999. Romar guided the Huskies to their first second-place regular-season finish since 1986 and their first Pac-10 tournament championship game appearance since 1987.After opening the conference campaign with an 0-5 record, UW reeled off 12 wins in its final 13 Pac-10 outings. Included in the run was a 75-62 victory over No. 1 and previously undefeated Stanford in the final regular-season game. His Huskies swept the season series with highly ranked Arizona for the first time since 1984.In 2003, Romar guided the Huskies to a 10-17 record with a 5-13 Pac-10 mark. He was named to head up the program at his alma mater on April 3, 2002. A point guard for the Huskies' 1978-79 and 1979-80 teams, he is the 18th head coach in Washington's 103-year history and the first African-American to lead the program.Romar has compiled a 122-117 record in eight seasons as a head coach, including a 29-29 mark in two years at UW. Washington is Romar's third stint as a head college coach following three-year stops at Pepperdine (1997-99) and Saint Louis (2000-02).Romar's first collegiate coaching job was as an assistant for four seasons at UCLA from 1993-96. He helped recruit and coach the Bruin players that won the 1995 NCAA title.In his first head coaching position, Romar led Pepperdine to a 42-44 (.488) record, including an NIT berth in 1999.At Saint Louis he compiled a 51-44 (.537) record and guided the Billikens to the 2000 NCAA Tournament in his first season.Romar was picked by Golden State in the seventh round of the 1980 NBA Draft and played five years in the NBA (1981-85).

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