The University of Washington has decided to part ways with longtime head coach Lorenzo Romar.
Romar has been with Washington since the 2002-03 season, in which he compiled a 298-196 record with six tournament appearances and two Sweet 16’s. The Huskies failed to reach the NCAA Tournament his final six seasons at the helm, despite capturing the Pac-12 title in the 2012 season and welcoming many first round NBA prospects to the team.
Not only does the move change the coaching direction of the UW program, but also the roster outlook for the following seasons. The nation’s top recruit Michael Porter Jr., who is the son of Washington assistant coach Michael Porter Sr., now has a decision on his hands. It was reported just soon after Romar’s firing via ESPN’s Paul Biancardi that Porter Sr. had agreed to join forces with Cuonzo Martin at Missouri, who agreed in principle to coach the Tigers earlier Wednesday morning.
A new coaching search begins at Washington for the first time in a decade and a half, though it is unclear which direction new athletic director Jennifer Cohen will decide to take for the coaching vacancy.