Romar Agrees to New 8-Year Contract to Coach Huskies

March 17, 2005

Boise, ID - Washington athletics director Todd Turner announced today that third-year Washington men's basketball coach Lorenzo Romar has agreed to a new eight-year contract. Terms and conditions of the contract will be announced when it is executed.

Washington faces Montana in the first round of the NCAA Division I men's basketball championships in Boise today. The eight-ranked Huskies enter the game with a 27-5 record after winning the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament championship for the first time. The Huskies received a number-one seed for the NCAA Championships, another first for the Washington program.

'Lorenzo has done an unbelievable job of revitalizing Washington basketball and we felt this was the appropriate time to make the announcement that he will be our coach for a long time to come,' Turner said. 'We are extremely fortunate to have such a quality individual teaching our student-athletes to become better basketball players and at the same time helping their development as young men. He has expressed that he wants to stay at Washington for a long time and this new contract will make that a reality.'

In nine seasons as a collegiate head coach, Romar has a 149-122 record. He is 56-34 in three seasons at Washington. He already ranks seventh on UW's all-time coaching win list.

'I'm ecstatic. I would like to thank the administration, Todd Turner and our president Mark Emmert, for believing in me,' Romar said. 'Whenever something like this happens, there is always a lot of attention on the individual coach. The reality is, without the outstanding work of my staff and the accomplishments of our players, this may not have happened.

'I'm fortunate to not only be able to do something I love, coaching, but to be able to do it at a place of my choice. I've said all along that this is the place I would like to retire and this helps me move in that direction.'

This season's win total is the highest by a Husky team since the 1953 squad went 28-3 and made the school's only Final Four appearance. It is the third highest win total in school history. Romar directed his team to a perfect 15-0 record at home and Washington ended the season with a 22-game home winning streak.

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