Lorenzo Romar returning to Pepperdine for 2nd stint as coach

Elias Hubbard
March 13, 2018

Romar was sacked last March after 15 seasons as Washington's head coach and agreed to join Sean Miller's UA staff as associate head coach in April 2017 to replace Joe Pasternack, who left to become UC Santa Barbara's head coach.

Lorenzo Romar spent 21 consecutive seasons as a college basketball head coach before Washington fired him last March, prompting him to take an assistant job with Arizona for 2017-18. He will return to Malibu to assume his duties at the conclusion of Arizona's season.

"My comfort level with (Pepperdine Athletic Director) Steve Potts and President (Andrew) Benton played a huge role in my decision to return to Pepperdine", Romar said in a press release.

Arizona Interim head coach Lorenzo Romar calls to his team during an NCAA college basketball game against Oregon Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Eugene, Ore. "The Christian mission that Pepperdine stands for, its values, the fact that they are committed to putting forth the resources necessary to allow Pepperdine to get back to the highest level where they once were, all this is very exciting to me".

From 2014-16, Bone worked as the associate coach at the University of Montana - his second stint in the Big Sky after spending four years at Portland State as a head coach - before joining Few and the Zags in 2016-17.

The 59-year-old coach previously guided the Waves from 1996-99, going 42-44 in his first head coaching job. 2 man will be a short one, as Romar was officially announced as Pepperdine's new coach on Monday. "I think he will be a fantastic addition at Pepperdine". He had a 42-44 record over three seasons at Pepperdine, but the team went 36-23 over his final two seasons with an NIT bid in his past year. Romar, who went 298-195 in his 15 seasons at UW, was sacked by the Huskies following a disappointing 2016-17 season that saw the program go 9-22.

He led UW to three Pac-12 tournament championships (2005, 2010, 2011) and two regular season conference titles (2009, 2012).

The Compton native replaces Marty Wilson, who was not retained following the conclusion of the 2017-18 season.

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