April 19, 2010
SEATTLE - University of Washington head men's basketball coach Lorenzo Romar will remain a Husky at least until the end of the decade after agreeing to a new 10-year contract that extends to the 2019-20 season, according to UW director of athletics Scott Woodward.
Entering his ninth year as the head coach of the Washington program, Romar recently agreed to the general terms of his new deal and is currently in the process of finalizing the specific language of the contract. Specific terms of the agreement were not released.
"I could not be more excited," said Romar. "I have always said this is where I wanted to be. It is so great to see President Mark Emmert, Scott Woodward and the rest of the administration step up and make it clear they want us to be here. That is really important. We have been blessed to have good character kids that have been productive student-athletes, as well as an outstanding staff, which in turn has enabled us to have had some decent success here at UW, advancing to three NCAA Sweet 16 appearances in the last six years. This new agreement enables us to continue the challenge of taking the program to the next level of competitive success."
"He clearly loves the University, has a passion for what he does and has the respect of his team, our fans and his peers."
UW athletic director Scott Woodward
In four of the last five seasons at least one of Romar's Huskies has been drafted into the NBA. In 2005 Nate Robinson was selected 21st overall by the Phoenix Suns. In 2006 Brandon Roy was selected sixth overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves before a draft day trade sent him to the Portland Trailblazers and Bobby Jones was taken 37th by the Timberwolves. Roy was named the NBA's Rookie of the Year. In 2007, Spencer Hawes was the 10th overall selection in the NBA draft by the Sacramento Kings. Last season, Jon Brockman was drafted 38th overall by the Portland Trailblazers and was traded on draft day to the Kings.
"Lorenzo Romar has done a phenomenal job here at the University of Washington," said Woodward. "He clearly loves the University, has a passion for what he does and has the respect of his team, our fans and his peers. I have the utmost respect for Lorenzo and I am confident he will continue to lead our program to new heights."
Last month Romar lead the Huskies to a 26-10 overall record, the Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament championship and another appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16. Quincy Pondexter and Isaiah Thomas both earned first-team all-Pac-10 honors, while Venoy Overton and Justin Holiday were named to the league's all-defensive team. Pondexer registered one of the best senior seasons in school history and was named Pac-10 Player of the Week a record five times.