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Northwest Coach Profiles: Lorenzo Romar

NCAA Basketball: Lorenzo Romar

Lorenzo Romar has been in charge in Seattle as the head coach for the Washington Huskies since the 2002-2003 season, leading the Huskies to the NCAA men’s tournament in six out of his nine years in Seattle, and to the sweet sixteen in three of those tournament berths, including a #1 seed in 2005.

Born: November 13, 1958 (age 53)
Place of birth: South Gate, California, U.S.
Championships: Asst. Coach UCLA 1995

Born in South Gate, California, Romar actually played his NCAA college basketball for the Huskies from 1978-1980 after transferring from Cerritos Community College in Norwalk, California, where he had played the previous two seasons.

Romar was drafted by the Golden State Warriors, and played there for three seasons before finishing up his five year pro career with the Milwaukee Bucks, and then the Detroit Pistons.

Though his career was short, and he only played the full 82 games once, in the ’82-’83 season, he did find his way onto the court in the NBA playoffs during the ’83-’84 season with the Bucks. Over his career, he averaged 5.9 points, and 3,5 assists per game as an NBA point guard.

Lorenzo Romar

Northwest Coach Profiles: Lorenzo Romar

After Romar finished his brief NBA career, he joined an Evangelical Christian sports ministry called Athletes in Action.

AIA is a ministry founded to help former players who couldn’t quite make it professionally, but who believe basketball, and other sports, is the best way to forward their message of Christ.

Romar was an assistant coach at UCLA from 1992-1996, winning the national championship during the 1995 season.

After his assistant coaching stint, he went on to head coaching positions at Pepperdine, and Saint Louis Universities before taking the job at UW.

As well as being a great humanitarian off the basketball court, coach Romar has also been touted as one of the top recruiters by his peers, landing the likes of future NBA players Brandon Roy, and Nate Robinson.

In the 2006 season, Lorenzo Romar was awarded the Coach Wooden Keys to Life award for outstanding character.

Coach Romar has been a perfect fit for the University of Washington men’s basketball program for the last 10 seasons.

A coming home hire, he has given the fans something to be proud of, and a bright future for prep players in the area who don’t want to stray too far from home.

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