Lorenzo Romar

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Lorenzo Romar
Lorenzo Romar in 2011.jpg
Romar celebrates Washington's 2011 Pac-10 Tournament championship.
Pepperdine Waves
PositionHead coach
LeagueWest Coast Conference
Personal information
Born (1958-11-13) November 13, 1958 (age 61)
South Gate, California
Listed height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight171 lb (78 kg)
Career information
High schoolSaint Pius X (Downey, California)
NBA draft1980 / Round: 7 / Pick: 141st overall
Selected by the Golden State Warriors
Playing career1980–1985
PositionPoint guard
Number18, 5, 14
Coaching career1992–present
Career history
As player:
19801983Golden State Warriors
19831984Milwaukee Bucks
1985Detroit Pistons
As coach:
1992–1996UCLA (assistant)
1999–2002Saint Louis
2017–2018Arizona (associate HC)
Career highlights and awards
As coach:
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Lorenzo Romar (born November 13, 1958) is an American basketball coach and former player. He is the head men's basketball coach at Pepperdine University, a position he held from 1996 to 1999 and resumed in 2018. Romar also served as the head men's basketball coach at Saint Louis University from 1999 to 2002 and the University of Washington from 2002 to 2017. Romar played college basketball for Washington from 1978 to 1980. After college, he was drafted by the Golden State Warriors and spent five years playing in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Coaching career[edit]

After the NBA, Romar played and coached for Athletes in Action. Romar was then hired as an assistant coach at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) under head coach Jim Harrick from 1992 to 1996, and was credited with recruiting many of the players on the 1995 national championship team.[1] Romar became the head coach at Pepperdine University and then at Saint Louis University before taking the job at 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 received a No. 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. In 2006, Washington earned a third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen for the second consecutive year.

After failing to make the NCAA Tournament the next two years, Romar was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year for leading the Huskies to their first outright conference title since 1953. They earned a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament, but lost in the Second Round. The Huskies returned to the Sweet Sixteen the following year, but again lost. In 2011, the Huskies earned their third consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. The trip marked the Huskies' last trip to the Tournament under Romar.[2]

With a season-opening win over South Carolina State on November 14, 2014, Romar passed Marv Harshman to become the second-winningest coach in UW history.[3]

After four years of near .500 seasons and five years without an NCAA Tournament appearance, Romar's luck seemed to be turning around. In 2016, Coach Romar recruited his long-time friend Michael Porter Sr. to join the Huskies as an assistant coach.[4] Michael Porter Sr. was expected to bring his two sons, Michael Porter Jr. and Jontay Porter, as commits to Washington. Michael Porter Jr. is widely considered the No. 1 recruit in the 2017 class.[5] However, on March 15, 2017 following a dismal 9–22 season with future #1 pick Markelle Fultz leading the team, Romar was fired as head coach at Washington after 15 years.[6] Romar's record at Washington finished at 298–195. He made six NCAA Tournaments and three NITs, but had not made the NCAA Tournament in six straight years.[7]

On April 16, 2017, it was announced that Romar had joined Sean Miller's staff at Arizona as associate head coach.[8] On February 24, 2018, Romar was the interim head coach for one game after news broke the previous day that the FBI had reportedly intercepted phone conversations about Miller talking about paying Deandre Ayton to come to Arizona.[9] Ayton would be the second straight #1 pick to be coached by Romar for at least one game.

Romar was announced as the new head men's basketball coach at Pepperdine on March 12, 2018, returning for his second stint with the school.[10]

Coaching style[edit]

Romar is known by his fellow coaches as one of the top basketball recruiters in the country.[citation needed] Additionally, he is respected as a genuine and optimistic person[citation needed] and was once voted "the opposing coach players would most like to play for" in a Pac-10 poll.[11] In March 2006, Romar was given the prestigious Coach Wooden "Keys to Life" award for outstanding character.

Personal life[edit]

Romar is married to Leona Romar, with whom he has three daughters—Terra, Tavia and Taylor.[12] 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.[13]

NBA players coached[edit]


Draft Year Player Name Round Pick Team
1998 Gerald Brown N/A N/A Undrafted (signed with Phoenix in 1999)

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
2017 Markelle Fultz 1st Round 1st Overall Philadelphia 76ers


All players in this section were coached by Romar for one game in the 2017–18 NCAA season (that game being on February 24 against Oregon). The players that were coached by him during that game and were drafted or had played in the NBA go in this section.[14]

Draft Year Player Name Round Pick Team
2018 Deandre Ayton 1st Round 1st Overall Phoenix Suns
2018 Rawle Alkins N/A N/A Undrafted (signed with Chicago in 2018)

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Pepperdine Waves (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
Saint Louis Billikens (Conference USA) (1999–2002)
1999–00 Saint Louis 19–14 7–9 T–7th NCAA Round of 64
2000–01 Saint Louis 17–14 8–8 7th
2001–02 Saint Louis 15–16 9–7 5th
Saint Louis: 51–44 (.537) 24–24 (.500)
Washington Huskies (Pacific-10/Pac-12 Conference) (2002–2017)
2002–03 Washington 10–17 5–13 9th
2003–04 Washington 19–12 12–6 2nd NCAA Round of 64
2004–05 Washington 29–6 14–4 2nd NCAA Sweet 16
2005–06 Washington 26–7 13–5 2nd NCAA Sweet 16
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 Round of 32
2009–10 Washington 26–10 11–7 3rd NCAA Sweet 16
2010–11 Washington 24–11 11–7 3rd NCAA Round of 32
2011–12 Washington 24–11 14–4 1st NIT Semifinal
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 T–6th NIT Second Round
2016–17 Washington 9–22 2–16 11th
Washington: 298–195 (.604) 143–127 (.530)
Pepperdine Waves (West Coast Conference) (2018–present)
2018–19 Pepperdine 16–18 6–10 8th


2019–20 Pepperdine 6-6

Pepperdine: 64–68 (.485) 28–30 (.483)
Total: 413–307 (.574)

      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

Awards and honors[edit]


  1. ^ "Pepperdine officials welcome back Lorenzo Romar for 2nd stint as coach". www.seattletimes.com. The Seattle Times. March 12, 2018. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  2. ^ Allen, Percy (April 19, 2010). "Washington's Lorenzo Romar agrees to 10-year contract extension". www.seattletimes.com. The Seattle Times. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  3. ^ Pascoe, Bruce (February 3, 2018). "Seen and heard at Hec Ed Pavilion: Lorenzo Romar's standing O, Dawg Pack poetry, Washington is 'Tougher Together'". tucson.com. Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  4. ^ "Top basketball recruit Michael Porter Jr.'s father lands assistant job at Washington". The Seattle Times. May 6, 2016. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  5. ^ "ESPN Basketball Recruiting - Player Rankings". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  6. ^ "Washington fires Romar after 9-22 season". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  7. ^ Kolloen, Seth (March 15, 2017). "The Rise and Fall of Lorenzo Romar". www.seattleweekly.com. Seattle Weekly and Sound Publishing, Inc. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  8. ^ "Lorenzo Romar hired as Arizona associate head coach". CoachesDatabase.com. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  9. ^ "Sean Miller won't coach Arizona's game Saturday vs. Oregon". www.espn.com. ESPN. February 24, 2018. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  10. ^ "Lorenzo Romar to Return as Basketball Coach". www.pepperdinewaves.com. Pepperdine Athletics. March 12, 2018. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  11. ^ "Lorenzo Romar to Return as Pepperdine Men's Basketball Coach". www.pepperdine.edu. Pepperdine University. March 12, 2018. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  12. ^ "Lorenzo Romar Bio". www.gohuskies.com. University of Washington Athletics. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  13. ^ Hansen, Greg (April 8, 2017). "Three ways Lorenzo Romar could help Sean Miller, Arizona Wildcats improve". tucson.com. Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  14. ^ http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/boxscore?gameId=400988382

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