UW coach Lorenzo Romar was named a co-recipient of the USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year award today. Here's part of the news release:
DePaul University (Ill.) head women's basketball coach Doug Bruno and the University of Washington head men's basketball coach Lorenzo Romar, who each led a 12-member group of elite athletes to perfect 4-0 records and gold medals at the respective 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championships, were announced today as co-recipients of the 2006 USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year award. The selections were made by the USA Basketball Executive Committee.
"It's a great honor," Bruno said. "And yet it is an honor that I share with my assistants Jennifer Rizzotti and Carol Owens, the support staff and, most importantly, the players. These awards don't happen without their help."
"I wish I could tell you it was all me, but I had two of the better coaches in the country in Paul Hewitt and Jerry Wainwright along with me," Romar said. "And you couldn't have asked for a better group of guys to coach. They busted their tails and did everything we asked them to do."
USA Basketball will submit Bruno and Romar to the U.S. Olympic Committee as nominees for the 2006 USOC Developmental Coach of the Year award.