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Lorenzo Romar (born November 13, 1958) is a college basketball coach who is currently the associate head coach at Arizona and the former head men's basketball coach at the University of Washington from 2002 to 2017. Romar also played basketball for Washington from 1978 to 1980. After college, Romar was drafted by the Golden State Warriors and spent five years in the NBA.
Romar celebrates Washington's 2011 Pac-10 Tournament championship.
|Title||Associate head coach|
November 13, 1958 |
|1980–1983||Golden State Warriors|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|2017–present||Arizona (assoc. HC)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|As Head Coach:
2× Pac-10/12 regular season championship (2009, 2012)
3× Pac-10 Tournament championship (2005, 2010, 2011)
C-USA Tournament championship (2000)
As Assistant Coach:
NCAA champion (1995)
|3× Pac-12 Coach of the Year (2005, 2009, 2012)|
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. 
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 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.
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. 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. However, on March 15, 2017 following a dismal 9–22 season, Romar was fired as head coach at Washington after 15 years. 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.
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.
NBA players coachedEdit
|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|
Head coaching recordEdit
|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) (2002–2017)|
|2003–04||Washington||19–12||12–6||2nd||NCAA First Round|
|2004–05||Washington||29–6||14–4||2nd||NCAA Sweet 16|
|2005–06||Washington||26–7||13–5||2nd||NCAA Sweet 16|
|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 16|
|2010–11||Washington||24–11||11–7||3rd||NCAA Third Round|
|2012–13||Washington||18–16||9–9||T–6th||NIT First Round|
|2015–16||Washington||19–15||9–9||T-6th||NIT Second Round|
|Washington:||298–195 (.604)||143–127 (.530)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
Awards and honorsEdit
- "Top basketball recruit Michael Porter Jr.'s father lands assistant job at Washington". The Seattle Times. 2016-05-06. Retrieved 2017-03-16.
- "ESPN Basketball Recruiting - Player Rankings". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-03-16.
- "Washington fires Romar after 9-22 season". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-03-16.
- "Lorenzo Romar hired as Arizona associate head coach". CoachesDatabase.com. Retrieved 2017-04-17.