Washington fires coach Lorenzo Romar after 15 seasons
SEATTLE (AP) Washington has fired coach Lorenzo Romar after 15 seasons at the school, falling short of an NCAA Tournament bid in the final six despite a steady stream of NBA talent.
Washington athletic director Jennifer Cohen announced the decision Wednesday, although a split between Romar and his alma mater seemed destined as the Huskies slogged through another lackluster season - even with freshman star Markelle Fultz, a projected top-five NBA draft pick.
Romar was 298-196 in his 15 seasons with the Huskies and was responsible for reinvigorating a downtrodden program, taking Washington to six NCAA Tournaments and three appearances in the Sweet 16. But Romar's shortcoming was never getting Washington to a Final Four despite a glut of talented players.
Washington went 9-22 this season, the worst of Romar's tenure, and was 2-16 in conference play.