Lorenzo Romar

Lorenzo Romar (born November 13, 1958)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Pepperdine Waves
Current conference: West Coast Conference (WCC)
Saint Louis record: 51-44 (.537)
Washington record: 298-196 (.603)
Pepperdine record: 105-137 (.434)
Overall record: 454-377 (.546)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2018-present Pepperdine
2017-2018 Arizona (assoc. HC)
2002-2017 Washington
1999-2002 Saint Louis
1996-1999 Pepperdine
1992-1996 UCLA (asst)

Lorenzo Romar Facts

  • Lorenzo Romar
  • Born November 3, 1958
  • Hometown: Compton, California
  • Alma Mater: University of Washington (1990-1992)
  • Played two years at Washington for Hall of Fame head coach Marv Harshman after transferring from Cerritos CC
  • Had a five-year NBA career, spending time with the Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons
  • Spent four seasons as an assistant under Jim Harrick at UCLA, including the 1995 National Championship season
    • Credited with recruiting many of the players that led the Bruins’ to that title
  • Became head coach at Pepperdine in 1996 and after taking the Waves to the NIT in his third year he left for Saint Louis
    • Went 51-44 in three seasons at SLU and reached the NCAA Tournament in 2000
  • Hired in 2002 to take over at Washington, his alma mater, a position he held for fifteen seasons
    • Named Pac-10/12 Coach of the Year three times and led the Huskies to three NCAA Sweet Sixteens (the program had only been twice in its history prior to his arrival)
    • Fired as head coach in March 2017; left UW as the second winningest coach in program history
  • Hired in April 2017 as the associate head coach for Sean Miller at Arizona
  • Returned to Pepperdine to take over once again as the Waves head coach in March 2018
    • In 2021, the Waves went 15-12 overall and were the CBI Champions
  • Along with his wife, Leona, has three daughters and one granddaughter

Lorenzo Romar Coaching Tree