NEW ORLEANS - The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) hosted its awards show on Sunday in New Orleans as part of the Final Four festivities and Washington Coach Lorenzo Romar was presented with the Leadership Award, one of four Guardians of the Game Pillar Awards handed out during the evening.
Guardians of the Game is a national awareness and education program of the NABC. The goal of the program is to focus attention on the positive aspects of basketball and the role coaches play in the lives of student-athletes, in addition to the contributions coaches make to their communities. The Guardians of the Game program emphasizes four core values:
Leadership - NABC coaches provide moral and ethical leadership on issues affecting the game of basketball and society.
Advocacy - NABC coaches are advocates for the game of basketball, student-athletes, and coaches, providing leadership and guidance on issues affecting the basketball community.
Service - NABC coaches serve as community leaders who help enhance their communities through civic involvement.
Education - NABC coaches are committed to continuing education and the development of their profession in order to be better mentors, teachers, and leaders.
The awards have been presented since 2002 at the Final Four. It marks the first time Romar has been named a recipient.
Bill Brown of California (Pa.) won the Advocacy Award, Mike McConathy of Northwestern State won the Education Award and Scott Nagy of South Dakota State earned the Service Award.
Romar was named the 2012 Pac-12 Coach of the Year after leading Washington to the regular season title with a 14-4 record. The Huskies finished the season 24-11 and advanced to the NIT Semifinals.