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Pepperdine's Lorenzo Romar and BYU's Dave Rose have a longstanding friendship and mutual respect.

MALIBU, Calif. — BYU coach Dave Rose and Pepperdine coach Lorenzo Romar have a longstanding friendship that goes back quite a while.

“I’ve known Lorenzo for probably 25 years. Maybe close to 30,” Rose said. “When I was coaching at Dixie, he recruited our guys a lot. We played him in here when I was first here (at BYU). I remember Bart Jepsen hit a little baseline jumper in the Cougar Classic to beat Pepperdine (in 1997).”

There’s mutual respect between Rose and Romar, who is in the first year of his second stint as the Waves’ head coach. Romar previously was at the helm of the Pepperdine program from 1996-99.

“He’s done a phenomenal job. You won’t find too many better people in the business than Dave Rose,” Romar said. “I have ultimate respect for him as a coach and a man.”

Romar earned his 400th career victory last Saturday in his team’s win over San Diego. He has posted a 400-293 record in 21 seasons as head coach at Pepperdine, Saint Louis and Washington.

" He’s done a phenomenal job. You won’t find too many better people in the business than Dave Rose. "
Pepperdine coach Lorenzo Romar

“He’s one of the good guys in coaching. It doesn’t matter who you talk to. Everybody respects him and likes him. He’s a friendly guy and easy to approach,” Rose said of Romar. “He’ll spend time talking to you on the road during the summer on any subject. He’s followed our teams for years. In fact, he’s called me a few times when he was at Washington and we were really playing fast and had some good defensive teams. He was asking me how we broke down our practices. He’s a real student of the game. Loves the X’s and O’s. Loves the guys. He’s a good guy, a good coach.”

It’s been 20 years since Romar’s first stint at Pepperdine and much has changed during that time with the West Coast Conference, including the addition of BYU.

Romar is excited about the new on-campus arena that the school is going to build in the near future.

“It’s one of the reasons I wanted to (come) to Pepperdine," Romar said. "The job itself is the same job."

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