Romar celebrates Washington's 2011 Pac-10 Tournament championship.
November 13, 1958 |
South Gate, California
Golden State Warriors
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship (1995, Asst. Coach, UCLA)
Pac-12 Regular Season Championship (2012)
Pac-10 Regular Season Championship (2009)
Pac-10 Tournament Championship (2005, 2010, 2011)
C-USA Tournament Championship (2000)
Pac-10 Coach of the Year (2005, 2009)
Pac-12 Coach of the Year (2012)
Lorenzo Romar (born November 13, 1958) is the current head men's basketball coach at the University of Washington. Romar also played basketball for the University of Washington from 1978 to 1980. After college, Romar was drafted by the Golden State Warriors and spent five years in the NBA.
After the NBA, Romar played and coached for Athletes in Action. Romar was then hired as an assistant coach at UCLA under coach Jim Harrick from 1992 to 1996, and was credited with recruiting many of the players on the 1995 national championship team. Romar became the head coach at Pepperdine University and then at Saint Louis University before taking the job at the University of Washington in 2002.
Romar is credited for turning around the sagging fortunes of the University of Washington basketball program and generating new enthusiasm for the program. In 2004, Washington qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in five years. In 2005, Washington won the Pac-10 Tournament and earned a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Huskies made their way to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1998 but were ousted by Louisville 93-79. In 2006, Washington earned a second consecutive appearance to the Sweet Sixteen before losing in overtime to Connecticut 98-92.
Romar is known by his fellow coaches as one of the top basketball recruiters in the country. Additionally, he is respected as a genuine and optimistic person and was once voted "the opposing coach players would most like to play for" in a Pac-10 poll. In March 2006, Romar was given the prestigious Coach Wooden "Keys to Life" award for outstanding character.
On March 9, 2009, the Pac 10 conference announced that Lorenzo Romar was named coach of the year, for leading the Huskies to their first outright conference title since 1953.
Lorenzo Romar is married to Leona Romar, with whom he has three daughters—Terra, Tavia and Taylor. . In 2006, Lorenzo Romar and his wife Leona founded the Lorenzo Romar Foundation for the prevention of domestic violence and educational assistance for disadvantaged youth as well as other charitable causes.  Romar identifies as a Christian.
NBA players coached
|Draft Year||Player Name||Round||Pick||Team|
|2001||Maurice Jeffers||2nd Round||55th Overall||Sacramento Kings (never signed a contract)|
|Draft Year||Player Name||Round||Pick||Team|
|2005||Nate Robinson||1st Round||21st Overall||Phoenix Suns (traded to New York)|
|2005||Will Conroy||N/A||N/A||Undrafted (signed with Memphis in 2007)|
|2006||Brandon Roy||1st Round||6th Overall||Minnesota Timberwolves (traded to Portland)|
|2006||Bobby Jones||2nd Round||37th Overall||Minnesota Timberwolves (traded to Philadelphia)|
|2007||Spencer Hawes||1st Round||10th Overall||Sacramento Kings|
|2009||Jon Brockman||2nd Round||38th Overall||Portland Trail Blazers (traded to Sacramento)|
|2009||Justin Dentmon||N/A||N/A||Undrafted (signed with San Antonio in 2012)|
|2010||Quincy Pondexter||1st Round||26th Overall||Oklahoma City Thunder (traded to New Orleans)|
|2011||Isaiah Thomas||2nd Round||60th Overall||Sacramento Kings|
|2011||Justin Holiday||N/A||N/A||Undrafted (signed with Philadelphia in 2013)|
|2012||Terrence Ross||1st Round||8th Overall||Toronto Raptors|
|2012||Tony Wroten||1st Round||25th Overall||Memphis Grizzlies|
|2014||C.J. Wilcox||1st Round||28th Overall||Los Angeles Clippers|
Head coaching record
|Pepperdine (West Coast Conference) (1996–1999)|
|1998–99||Pepperdine||19–13||9–5||T–2nd||NIT First Round|
|Saint Louis (Conference USA) (1999–2002)|
|1999–00||Saint Louis||19–14||7–9||T–7th||NCAA First Round|
|Washington (Pac-10/12 Conference) (2002–present)|
|2003–04||Washington||19–12||12–6||2nd||NCAA First Round|
|2004–05||Washington||29–6||14–4||2nd||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2005–06||Washington||26–7||13–5||2nd||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2007–08||Washington||16–17||7–11||8th||CBI First Round|
|2008–09||Washington||26–9||14–4||1st||NCAA Second Round|
|2009–10||Washington||26–10||11–7||3rd||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2010–11||Washington||24–11||11–7||3rd||NCAA Third Round|
|2012–13||Washington||18–16||9–9||T–6th||NIT First Round|
|Washington:||264–144 (.647)||129–91 (.586)|