March 10, 2007
The Washington Huskies' men's basketball program has enjoyed tremendous success under the leadership of Head Coach Lorenzo Romar.
In just five years at the helm, Romar has made three trips to the NCAA Tournament, including back-to-back appearances in the Sweet 16, and has already earned enough wins in his tenure to rank fifth on the Huskies all-time coaching list. In a revealing conversation with FSN's Jen Mueller, the coach is a man who clearly measures his life in much greater terms than wins and losses. On Monday, March 12th at 8 p.m., viewers will come to understand more about Romar than what they see on the sideline when the coach is featured in a new episode of FSN's In My Own Words.
In this 30-minute episode, Romar discussed his relationship with his wife, making family a priority, his love of sports collectibles and how advice from famed UCLA coach John Wooden changed his life. When asked what he hoped his legacy would be, Romar gave insight into how he conducts his life personally and professionally:
"I would hope that people look back and say, this was someone who was successful, but he was successful by doing things right, by doing things God's way," said Romar. "Doing the right thing, but treating people right, respecting people. Working his tail off, by doing things right. That's what I hope my legacy would be... and I would have to say, the guys who have come though this program were better people as a result of their time here at the university of Washington."
A native of Compton, Calif., Romar attended Cerritos Community College for two years before transferring to Washington in 1978 to play for legendary Husky head coach Marv Harshman. Romar was a two-year starter for the Huskies on the 1978-79 and 1979-80 teams.
The Golden State Warriors selected Romar in the seventh round of the 1980 NBA Draft with the 141st pick overall and a five-year NBA career followed including stints with Golden State (1981-84), Milwaukee (1984) and Detroit (1984-85).
After the 1984-85 season, Romar joined Athletes in Action (AIA), the athletic division of Campus Crusade for Christ. Romar started 224 of 233 games during his seven years as a player for AIA. Romar began his coaching career in 1996 at the University of Pepperdine, leading the Waves for three seasons before moving to the University of Saint Louis, where he spent another three years until his arrival at Washington.
FSN will re-air episodes of In My Own Words featuring Lorenzo Romar on March 14th at 9pm and March 16th at 2:30pm.
FSN Northwest has created yet another opportunity for fans to learn more about their favorite teams and players with In My Own Words, an insightful and personal conversation with local players, coaches and personalities that reveals the private side to these professionals through no ones' words but their own. In My Own Words debuted in March 2006 and has featured local sports celebrities including Seahawks Legend (and former Husky) Warren Moon, Mariners Manager Mike Hargrove, Sonics All-Star Ray Allen, Mariners outfielder Jeremy Reed, Sonics point guard Luke Ridnour and local basketball legend, Hall of Famer Lenny Wilkens.
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