Washington officials are having conversations about re-working coach Lorenzo Romar’s contract and the school has commissioned a study to explore a $50 million renovation for Edmundson Pavilion.
Every two years Romar and athletic director Scott Woodward are contractually obligated to review Romar’s contract and make the proper adjustments. His contract requires he remains among the top 50 percent highest paid coaches in the BCS.
Romar received contract extensions in 2005 and 2007 and both sides mutually decided not to re-do the deal in 2009.
In 2010, Romar received a 10-year contract extension that expires after the 2019-2020 season. He also received about a $200,000 bump in pay that increased his salary to $1.7 million per year, not including bonuses.
Woodward believes a new contract for Romar will be completed before the 2012-13 season begins.
“We’re in the process of doing that and we’re talking,” Woodward said. “We haven’t come to any conclusions. It’s fairly cut and dried.”
Romar has compiled a 219-113 (.660) record at UW and is third on the all-time wins list behind Clarence ‘Hec’ Edmundson (488) and Marv Harshman (246).
Romar has led UW to two regular-season outright conference championships, three conference tournament titles, six NCAA tournaments and three Sweet 16 appearances.
The past 10 years under Romar has been the most successful period for Washington in modern history.
He returned to his former team where he starred as a player and rescued a dying program that hadn’t won more than 11 games in the three seasons before his arrival. However, after winning at least 24 games in each of the past four seasons, some UW fans wonder if Romar is the right man to take the team to the next level.
Woodward admits he’s had frank discussions with Romar about his inability to take the Huskies to the Elite 8, but he’s committed to his coach.
“He’s good for our program and good for our guys,” Woodward said. “He’s given them a fine example of how to lead their lives. He does everything right.
“Do you want to win more? Heck yeah. We want to be in Final Fours. That’s what coach and I are talking about. How do we get to that next level and how we punch through on a competitive basis that Sweet 16 ceiling that we’ve reached and get through to the next level. But I couldn’t be more pleased with Coach Romar as a coach and frankly as a friend.”
Woodward also spoke in general about the school commissioning a study to renovate Hec Ed.
“We’re always reviewing our options and trying to make the best possible use of how we source and what we do with Alaska Airlines Arena,” he said. “It’s the whole arena and not just Hec Ed. … We’re looking at sourcing the whole arena and making it as efficient as possible. We’re in the process of looking at that and looking at what are our options going forward, but it’s premature to say we’re doing anything. What I would say is we’re early planning and looking at our options.”
The Hec Ed study is expected to be completed in November.
There’s been speculation for years about renovating the arena, but the plans took a backseat while the school began a $250 million facelift for Husky Stadium that’s expected to be completed in 2013.
“We’re focused in right now on getting the stadium completed and getting delivered a year from now and then we’ll probably focus and look hard at what’s next for Alaska Airlines Arena,” Woodward said.