Washington's Romar To Remain A Husky Through 2016
Aug. 3, 2007
SEATTLE - University of Washington head men's basketball coach Lorenzo Romar will remain a Husky well into the next decade after signing a contract extension through the 2015-2016 season, according to UW director of athletics Todd Turner.
The sixth-year head coach of the Washington program agreed to the general terms of his new deal last November and intermittently discussed various aspects of the contract's language with university officials since that time. He tabled the majority of discussion in order to focus on his team's 2006-07 competitive season. Specific terms of the agreement were not released.
'It is rare, indeed, in this day and time to have a coach who loves his university and his job enough to make such a long-term commitment.'
UW Athletic Director Todd Turner
'When I took this job, I made it very clear that the University of Washington is the place where I wanted to be and that I was not interested in being anywhere else,' said Romar. 'I continue to make that very clear. I am so thankful for this commitment from Dr. (Mark) Emmert and Todd Turner so my family and I can be at a place where we have always wanted to be.
This also allows us to continue to focus on making this program a national contender year-in and year-out. It is truly a blessing to be in this position. I really believe in this university and what it stands for and I couldn't be more excited to receive a commitment that will allow us to stay here.'
In his first five seasons at Washington, Romar led the Huskies to a 103-55 record, three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances and consecutive NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances in 2005 and 2006. He already ranks fifth in victories among UW coaches. Romar owns a 196-143 record as a head coach after previous stints at Saint Louis University and Pepperdine University.
In each of the last three seasons at least one of Romar's Huskies has been drafted into the NBA. In 2005 Nate Robinson was selected 21st overall by the Phoenix Suns and in 2006 Brandon Roy was selected sixth overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves before a draft day trade sent him to the Portland Trailblazers. He was named the NBA's Rookie of the Year this past season. In June, Spencer Hawes was the 10th overall selection in the NBA draft by the Sacramento Kings.
'I can't imagine a better fit for the University of Washington basketball program than Lorenzo Romar', said Todd Turner, UW's Director of Athletics. 'It is rare, indeed, in this day and time to have a coach who loves his university and his job enough to make such a long-term commitment.
'Lorenzo is one of the UW's finest ambassadors, a great person and, not coincidentally, one of the nation's top basketball coaches. We are very fortunate to have him continue to lead our program into the next decade. He is one of those truly gifted people who has a great outlook on life and is able to have a positive impact upon everyone around him. In just five short years, he has elevated our basketball program to one of national prominence.'
The Huskies return seven letterwinners and four starters from last year's team that finished the season with a 19-13 record and 17-2 home mark at Bank of America Arena. All Pacific-10 Conference forward Jon Brockman, Pac-10 all freshman team forward Quincy Pondexter, sharpshooting guard Ryan Appleby and veteran point guard Justin Dentmon all return to anchor a veteran squad that will be looking for a fifth-straight season with at least 19 overall wins.