Romar Named Finalist for Naismith Award

March 2, 2005

Settle - Washington men's basketball coach Lorenzo Romar has been named as one of 20 finalists for the 2005 Naismith Award presented by Coca-Cola, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced today. The Naismith Award is the most prestigious national award presented annually to the men's and women's college basketball coaches of the year.

The top 20 list was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors, comprised of leading basketball journalists, coaches and administrators from around the country. The board based its criteria on coaching performance this season.

This season Romar has led the Huskies to a 23-4 record and 13-3 mark in Pac-10 play. Washington's win total is the highest since the 1984 team went 24-7 and were Pac-10 co-champions. He directed his team to a perfect 15-0 record at home and Washington ended the season with a 22-game home winning streak. In nine seasons as a collegiate head coach, Romar has a 145-121 record. He is 52-33 in three seasons at Washington.

'The Naismith Award is the preeminent honor in college basketball,' said Gary Stokan, Atlanta Tipoff Club president. 'Each of these coaches has left a lasting impact on the lives and careers of his players and is beyond worthy of taking home the Trophy in April.'

These coaches will go to the final ballot in March, when the Board will select the coach who has distinguished himself as the best collegiate coach in the nation. The coach of the year will be recognized at the Naismith Awards Banquet on April 8 in Atlanta.

'College coaches play such an important role in fueling the excitement of NCAA basketball,' said Valerie Manis, senior manager, Coca-Cola North America. 'As an official NCAA Corporate Champion, Coca-Cola congratulates each of these deserving men for their outstanding work.'

Last year's Naismith Award recipient was Saint Joseph University's Phil Martelli.

The candidates for the Naismith Award presented by Coca-Cola, listed in alphabetical order, are as follows:

Coach, SchoolRick Barnes, Texas
Jim Boeheim, Syracuse
Mark Few, Gonzaga
Ray Giacoletti, Utah
Billy Gillispie, Texas A&M
Frank Haith, Miami (FL)
Mike Krzyzewski, Duke
Lute Olson, Arizona
Rick Pitino, Louisville
Skip Prosser, Wake Forest
Lorenzo Romar, Washington
Bo Ryan, Wisconsin
Kelvin Sampson, Oklahoma
Bill Self, Kansas
Al Skinner, Boston College
Tubby Smith, Kentucky
Eddie Sutton, Oklahoma State
John Thompson III, Georgetown
Bruce Weber, Illinois
Roy Williams, North Carolina

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