Jun 17, 2011
UW’s Romar Wows Pike Place Crowd With Fish-Catching Ability (With Video)

SEATTLE – And you thought all Lorenzo Romar could do was coach and play basketball.

Romar joined football’s Steve Sarkisian as the first Huskies coaches behind the counter of Pike Place Fish Market in downtown Seattle Wednesday. A crowd of UW fans, tourists, market regulars and passersby watched and laughed as Sarkisian took a measured practice catch of a filleted salmon thrown by one of the stand’s famously showy fish mongers – those loud dudes in the even-louder, orange, waterproof overalls with thick, black suspenders.

Then Romar stepped forward. He playfully shook his fist at a counter worker for wearing an Oregon Ducks cap. He nonchalantly nodded his head as he got advice from another flying-fish guy that “basically the name of the game is to use your fingers” while trying to catch the slippery delicacy. Sarkisian wished his colleague luck.

Romar didn’t need advice or luck.

He stared comically stone-faced into the crowd, lifted his right arm as the fish took flight and snared the flying silver salmon with one hand. The crowd, the fish stand’s workers and his UW colleagues gasped and then roared over the remarkable, no-look catch.

Romar just coolly nodded his head. It was as if the 52-year-old native of Compton, Calif., and veteran of nine seasons leading Huskies hoops catches fish every day in spare minutes around maintaining his national power.

“The greatest one handed fish catch in the history of Pike Place!” women’s basketball coach Kevin McGuff proclaimed of the feat, which you can watch here:

True to his cool, down-to-earth persona, Romar just shrugged.

“Yeah, I thought I’d go high risk. And I had a good passer, the Huskies’ assists leader as a player from 1978-80 said a few minutes later, standing under Pike Place Market’s iconic, pink-neon sign and clock.

Romar’s play was the highlight of the first known gathering of UW coaches at one of Seattle’s most popular tourist spots. Women’s golf coach Mary Lou Mulflur has been at Washington as a coach or player for more than 30 years. She said this was the first time Huskies coaches have ever gone en masse downtown for such an event.

As Romar’s catch and the reaction to it showed, the hour-long visit was a roaring success.

Dozens of fans walked up to Sarkisian, Romar, track and cross-country coach Greg Metcalf and other Huskies on the sunny June afternoon to snap pictures, get autographs and congratulate them on the jobs they do. One handed Romar a business card, which the coach accepted with a handshake and a smile.

Softball coach Heather Tarr brought her glove to the fish stand. Women’s soccer’s Lesle Gallimore brought goalkeeper gloves.

As they made their way behind the counter, Sarkisian pointed in mock disgust at the worker in the black Oregon “O” cap, gave the hitchhike sign with his thumb and joked, Get him out of here! Romar fist-bumped the Duck guy just before Sarkisian caught his fish. The fun-loving football coach then wiped his fishy hands all over the Oregon cap. The crowd roared again.

“OK, guys. Thank you, the store’s all-business front man eventually said from the market’s aisle, anxious to get more customers buying fish.

Thirteen of UW’s 16 coaches – men’s golf leader Matt Thurmond was at the U.S. Open, volleyball’s Jim McLaughlin and women’s tennis’ Jill Hultquist were away and recruiting — then gathered in front of Pike Place Market and next to its bronze-pig statue. They shared laughs and back slaps, showing the public a glimpse of why they love their jobs.

“What we have at Washington is unique. The camaraderie among coaches, between the women’s coaches and the men’s coaches, is something very few places have, said Mulflur, who just finished her 28th season leading her Huskies and is UW’s second-longest tenured coach behind crew icon Bob Ernst.

“We are always sharing, willing to help to each other. I have a great relationship with the other coaches at U-Dub, probably the best I’ve had since I’ve been here.”

Now everyone knows Mulflur also has perhaps the best fish-catching colleague in the NCAA. UW’s Romar Wows Pike Place Crowd With Fish-Catching Ability (With Video)

GoHuskies.com, Gregg Bell

http://www.gohuskies.com/genrel/061611aaa.html

SEATTLE – And you thought all Lorenzo Romar could do was coach and play basketball.

Romar joined football’s Steve Sarkisian as the first Huskies coaches behind the counter of Pike Place Fish Market in downtown Seattle Wednesday. A crowd of UW fans, tourists, market regulars and passersby watched and laughed as Sarkisian took a measured practice catch of a filleted salmon thrown by one of the stand’s famously showy fish mongers – those loud dudes in the even-louder, orange, waterproof overalls with thick, black suspenders.

Then Romar stepped forward. He playfully shook his fist at a counter worker for wearing an Oregon Ducks cap. He nonchalantly nodded his head as he got advice from another flying-fish guy that “basically the name of the game is to use your fingers” while trying to catch the slippery delicacy. Sarkisian wished his colleague luck.

Romar didn’t need advice or luck.

He stared comically stone-faced into the crowd, lifted his right arm as the fish took flight and snared the flying silver salmon with one hand. The crowd, the fish stand’s workers and his UW colleagues gasped and then roared over the remarkable, no-look catch.

Romar just coolly nodded his head. It was as if the 52-year-old native of Compton, Calif., and veteran of nine seasons leading Huskies hoops catches fish every day in spare minutes around maintaining his national power.

“The greatest one handed fish catch in the history of Pike Place!” women’s basketball coach Kevin McGuff proclaimed of the feat, which you can watch here:

True to his cool, down-to-earth persona, Romar just shrugged.

“Yeah, I thought I’d go high risk. And I had a good passer, the Huskies’ assists leader as a player from 1978-80 said a few minutes later, standing under Pike Place Market’s iconic, pink-neon sign and clock.

Romar’s play was the highlight of the first known gathering of UW coaches at one of Seattle’s most popular tourist spots. Women’s golf coach Mary Lou Mulflur has been at Washington as a coach or player for more than 30 years. She said this was the first time Huskies coaches have ever gone en masse downtown for such an event.

As Romar’s catch and the reaction to it showed, the hour-long visit was a roaring success.

Dozens of fans walked up to Sarkisian, Romar, track and cross-country coach Greg Metcalf and other Huskies on the sunny June afternoon to snap pictures, get autographs and congratulate them on the jobs they do. One handed Romar a business card, which the coach accepted with a handshake and a smile.

Softball coach Heather Tarr brought her glove to the fish stand. Women’s soccer’s Lesle Gallimore brought goalkeeper gloves.

As they made their way behind the counter, Sarkisian pointed in mock disgust at the worker in the black Oregon O” cap, gave the hitchhike sign with his thumb and joked, Get him out of here! Romar fist-bumped the Duck guy just before Sarkisian caught his fish. The fun-loving football coach then wiped his fishy hands all over the Oregon cap. The crowd roared again.

“OK, guys. Thank you, the store’s all-business front man eventually said from the market’s aisle, anxious to get more customers buying fish.

Thirteen of UW’s 16 coaches – men’s golf leader Matt Thurmond was at the U.S. Open, volleyball’s Jim McLaughlin and women’s tennis’ Jill Hultquist were away and recruiting — then gathered in front of Pike Place Market and next to its bronze-pig statue. They shared laughs and back slaps, showing the public a glimpse of why they love their jobs.

What we have at Washington is unique. The camaraderie among coaches, between the women’s coaches and the men’s coaches, is something very few places have, said Mulflur, who just finished her 28th season leading her Huskies and is UW’s second-longest tenured coach behind crew icon Bob Ernst .

We are always sharing, willing to help to each other. I have a great relationship with the other coaches at U-Dub, probably the best I’ve had since I’ve been here.”

Now everyone knows Mulflur also has perhaps the best fish-catching colleague in the NCAA.






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