Arizona formally announced the hiring of former Washington coach Lorenzo Romar as an associate head coach on Saturday.

Romar, who was fired at Washington last month after going 298-196 over 15 seasons as the Huskies' head coach, will replace Joe Pasternack, who left to become UC Santa Barbara's head coach on April 4.

Almost immediately after Pasternack left, Romar was believed to be Miller's top choice if he wanted the job. However, the opening had to be posted for 10 days under UA regulations.

Romar, 58, is expected to receive a salary at least in the mid-six-figure range, and is receiving a $3.2 million buyout from Washington. Pasternack made $302,000 as UA's associate head coach.

"Of all the potential opportunities that were out there for me, joining the Arizona program was the one that was most appealing," Romar said in a UA statement. "I truly believe Sean Miller is one of the best coaches in America. The opportunity to join him, his staff and the rich tradition of Arizona basketball is something that I'm extremely excited about."

Although Washington and Arizona were among the Pac-12's biggest rivals early in Miller's UA tenure, Romar and Miller have had a close and respectful coaching relationship especially since they worked with USA Basketball's junior teams in 2014 and 2015. Miller was an assistant to the U18 team in 2014 and head coach of the U19 team in 2015, while Romar was a member of the junior national team committee.