“It’s pretty sweet.” New associate head coach Lorenzo Romar feeling good after trading in his Washington purple, for Arizona red and blue. So how did Romar, a 15 year head coach at pac-12 rival Washington, end up in Tucson?
“I got a message from Sean to call him”, says Romar. “And in years past, him and I would call each other from time to time, talk about various things. I wasn't sure what he wanted to talk about.”
Romar had the option to sit a year out, but he wanted that every day interaction. He said he isn’t ruling out the possibility of returning as a head coach one day. He noted that working at Arizona, opens up a lot of doors.
“I’m not coming here thinking ok I’ll put up with this for a few months so I can get a head coaching job...no that's not my train of thought here. I’m not in a hurry to get away from this situation.”
Romar brings with him is highly regarded recruiting skills as well as head coaching experience. He also brings familiarity. As he and sophomore guard Allonzo Trier have known each other since Trier was 9 years old.
“There’s a gleam in his eye when he picks up a basketball, or watches basketball”, says Romar. “To be with him every day is something I’m looking forward to.”
And Arizona fans are looking forward to seeing him on the other side of the court at McKale.