March 25, 2009
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - University of Washington men's basketball coach Lorenzo Romar, the 2009 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, has been selected to a USA Basketball committee that will determine coach and player selection for various national team competitions.
Romar will join Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, Illinois coach Bruce Weber, North Carolina coach Roy Williams and former Duke University All-America Jay Williams on USA Basketball's 2009-12 Men's Junior National Committee (formerly known as the Men's Collegiate Committee).
The committee will be charged with selecting coaches and athletes for the USA Basketball college-age competitions, which include the 2009 and 2011 FIBA U19 World Championships; the 2010 and 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championships; the 2009 and 2011 World University Games; and the 2011 Pan American Games. The four NCAA members on both committees represent different geographic regions of the country.
Romar, who has led Washington to the NCAA Tournament in four of the last six seasons including a second-round appearance this year, has been involved with USA Basketball in various capacities for more than a decade.
In 1997, he served as an assistant under current Saint Louis University coach Rick Majerus with the USA under-22 national team that competed in the World Championships. In 2003 he was an assistant with Michigan State coach Tom Izzo at the 2003 Pan American Games.
In 2006, he served as the head coach for the USA under-18 national team that won a gold medal at the FIBA Americas championship.
Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men's and women's basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the United States by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA sponsored international basketball competitions, as well as for some national competitions.
USA Basketball is an organization made up of organizations. There are five member categories: professional, collegiate, scholastic, youth and associate. Professional members include: Continental Basketball Association, National Basketball Association, National Basketball Association Development League and the Women's National Basketball Association. Collegiate members include: National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, National Collegiate Athletic Association and the National Junior College Athletic Association. USA Basketball's scholastic members are the National Federation of High Schools, and the Youth member is the Amateur Athletic Union. Featured in the Associate members are: Athletes In Action, Basketball Travelers, College Commissioners Association, Harlem Globetrotters, International Sports Exchange, Latin America League of Los Angeles, National Amateur Basketball Association, National Association of Basketball Coaches, National Basketball Coaches Association, National Basketball Players Association, National Junior College Basketball Coach Association, National Junior College Women's Coach Association, National Pro-Am City Leagues Association, National Wheelchair Basketball Association, Sport Tours International, USA Deaf Sports Federation, United States Armed Forces and Women's Basketball Coaches Association.