Lamont Smith Joins Romar's Staff

SEATTLE - Washington Basketball Coach Lorenzo Romar announced that Lamont Smith, who has spent the past four years as an assistant coach at Arizona State, will join the Huskies' staff in the same capacity pending a background check. Romar is very familiar with Smith, having hired the Texas native as a graduate assistant at Saint Louis from 1999-2001.

"We are excited to welcome Lamont Smith on our staff," Romar said following the Huskies ninth of 10 practices for their upcoming foreign tour. "Lamont is very energetic and a dynamic recruiter.

"I know Lamont really well," Romar added. "I was able to give him his first job and I coached against him when he was a player at the University of San Diego. He has a great basketball mind and will have a big impact on our program."

In addition to hiring Smith, Paul Fortier will now serve as the Director of Player Personnel and Player Development. Fortier has spent the past seven years as an assistant on Romar's bench. He will continue to help mentor and teach current Huskies, plus have a vital role in maintaining a high standard of recruiting practices.

"Paul brings a lot of value to our program and he will excel in his role as the Director of Player Personnel and Player Development. He will be vital in ensuring that Washington remains one of the top programs in the nation."

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