Lorenzo Romar

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Lorenzo Romar
Lorenzo Romar in 2011.jpg
Romar celebrates Washington's 2011 Pac-10 Tournament championship.
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Washington
Conference Pac-12
Record 288-171 (.627)
Biographical details
Born (1958-11-13) November 13, 1958 (age 57)
South Gate, California
Playing career
1976–1978 Cerritos CC
1978–1980 Washington
1980–1983 Golden State Warriors
1983–1984 Milwaukee Bucks
1985 Detroit Pistons
Position(s) Point guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1992–1996 UCLA (asst.)
1996–1999 Pepperdine
1999–2002 Saint Louis
2002–present Washington
Head coaching record
Overall 381–259 (.595)
Tournaments 8-7 (.533)
Accomplishments and honors
As Head Coach:
Pac-10/12 regular season championship (2009, 2012)
Pac-10 Tournament championship (2005, 2010, 2011)
C-USA Tournament championship (2000)
As Assistant Coach:
NCAA champion (1995)
Pac-12 Coach of the Year (2005, 2009, 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.[1] In March 2006, Romar was given the prestigious Coach Wooden "Keys to Life" award for outstanding character.[1]

On March 9, 2009, Romar was named Pac-10 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. [1]. 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. [2]

NBA players coached[edit]

St. Louis[edit]

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
2016 Marquese Chriss 1st Round 8th Overall Sacramento Kings (traded to Phoenix)
2016 Dejounte Murray 1st Round 29th Overall San Antonio Spurs

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Pepperdine (West Coast Conference) (1996–1999)
1996–97 Pepperdine 6–21 4–10 T–6th
1997–98 Pepperdine 17–10 9–5 2nd
1998–99 Pepperdine 19–13 9–5 T–2nd NIT First Round
Pepperdine: 42–44 22–20
Saint Louis (Conference USA) (1999–2002)
1999–00 Saint Louis 19–14 7–9 T–7th NCAA First Round
2000–01 Saint Louis 17–14 8–8 7th
2001–02 Saint Louis 15–16 9–7 5th
Saint Louis: 51–44 24–24
Washington (Pac-10/12 Conference) (2002–present)
2002–03 Washington 10–17 5–13 9th
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
2006–07 Washington 19–13 8–10 7th
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
2011–12 Washington 24–11 14–4 1st NIT Semifinals
2012–13 Washington 18–16 9–9 T–6th NIT First Round
2013–14 Washington 17–15 9–9 T–8th
2014–15 Washington 16–15 5–13 11th
2015–16 Washington 19–15 9–9 8th NIT Second Round
Washington: 288–171 (.627) 141–111 (.560)
Total: 381–259 (.595)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


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