Bobby Lutz (basketball)
Lutz in Kuwait, 2007
|Born||April 4, 1958|
Hickory, North Carolina
|High school||Bandys (Catawba, North Carolina)|
|1983–1984||Bunker Hill HS|
|2010–2011||Iowa State (assistant)|
|2011–2012||NC State (assistant)|
|2012–2016||NC State (assoc. HC)|
|2016–2017||Windy City Bulls (assistant)|
|2019-present||Nebraska (special assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Bobby Lutz (born April 4, 1958) is an American basketball coach. He is currently the Special Assistant to the Head Coach at University of Nebraska. From 2016 to 2017, he was an assistant coach of the Windy City Bulls of the NBA Development League. He previously was an associate head coach at North Carolina State University Wolfpack men's basketball team after being an assistant coach there. Lutz was also head coach of the Charlotte 49ers basketball team from 1998 to 2010.
Lutz graduated from Bandys High School in Catawba, North Carolina in 1976 and from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1980 with a B.A. in Psychology and Economics. He taught social studies and coached basketball at several high schools in North Carolina. In 1984 he received a job as a graduate assistant coach for the men's basketball team at Clemson University. Prior to the 1986–87 season he was named head coach at Pfeiffer College in Misenheimer, North Carolina. He led the Falcons to a 181–91 record in his nine years as their coach, including one berth in the NAIA championship game.
In 1995 Lutz was named the head coach at Gardner–Webb University, but resigned two weeks after accepting the job in order to become an assistant coach at his alma mater under head coach Jeff Mullins. He served as an assistant under Mullins (1995–96) and his successor, Melvin Watkins (1996–98). When Watkins accepted the head coaching job at Texas A&M University, Lutz was promoted and became the eighth head coach of the Charlotte 49ers on April 9, 1998.
The 49ers enjoyed consistent success during Lutz's tenure, reaching the NCAA Tournament five times (1999, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005), plus three appearances in the NIT (2000, 2006 and 2008). In 2005 Lutz was a finalist for the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year Award.
On February 23, 2008, Charlotte won at home over Saint Louis 81–64, giving Lutz 183 wins at Charlotte and the all-time mark for wins by a 49ers coach, passing Mullins' 182 wins accumulated between 1985 and 1996.
Lutz' 49ers were expected to contend for their first NCAA Tournament berth as an Atlantic 10 member in 2009-10. With eight games to go in the season, they had a record of 18-5 and seemed well on their way to a bid. However, they went 1-7 the rest of the way. They bottomed out in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament against UMass when they came out of a timeout with six men on the court. The resulting technical foul derailed a last-ditch rally, and they lost the game. After not even receiving an NIT bid, Lutz was fired on March 15, 2010. He compiled a 218–158 record at UNC Charlotte, and is the school's winningest men's basketball coach. He then spent a season as an assistant coach with the Iowa State Cyclones under head coach Fred Hoiberg.
On September 30, 2016, Lutz was appointed an assistant coach of the Windy City Bulls, a new NBA Development League franchise, under head coach Nate Loenser. Lutz helped Coach this team to a 23-27 record. This was good for 7th in the Eastern Conference, but only the top four teams get into the playoffs.  At the conclusion of the 2016-17 season, Windy City Bulls head coach Nate Loenser switched jobs with Chicago Bulls assistant coach Charlie Henry and Lutz was not a part of Henry's 2017-18 staff.
- Benny Moss, head coach at UNC Wilmington, 2006–10
- assistant coach under Lutz at Pfeiffer (1993–1995) and Charlotte (2001–06)
- Kevin Nickelberry, head coach at Howard University, 2010–present, and Hampton University, 2006–09
- assistant coach under Lutz at Charlotte (1999–2002)
- Orlando Early, head coach at University of Louisiana at Monroe, 2005–10
- assistant coach under Lutz at Charlotte (1998–2001)
Head coaching record
|Pfeiffer Falcons (Conference Carolinas) (1986–1995)|
|1989–90||Pfeiffer||22–11||9–3||1st||NAIA Elite Eight|
|1990–91||Pfeiffer||29–4||10–2||T–1st||NAIA Final Four|
|1991–92||Pfeiffer||30–5||14–0||1st||NAIA Final Four|
|1992–93||Pfeiffer||23–6||13–1||1st||NAIA First Round|
|1993–94||Pfeiffer||24–6||11–3||1st||NAIA Sweet Sixteen|
|Charlotte 49ers (Conference USA) (1998–2005)|
|1998–99||Charlotte||23–11||10–6||T–3rd (American)||NCAA Second Round|
|1999–00||Charlotte||17–16||7–9||T–5th (American)||NIT First Round|
|2000–01||Charlotte||22–11||10–6||2nd (American)||NCAA Second Round|
|2001–02||Charlotte||18–12||11–5||4th||NCAA First Round|
|2003–04||Charlotte||21–9||12–4||T–1st||NCAA First Round|
|2004–05||Charlotte||21–8||12–4||T–2nd||NCAA First Round|
|Charlotte 49ers (Atlantic 10 Conference) (2005–2010)|
|2005–06||Charlotte||19–13||11–5||2nd||NIT First Round|
|2007–08||Charlotte||20–14||9–7||T–4th||NIT First Round|
Postseason invitational champion
Lutz has a wife and two daughters.
- Bobby Lutz Biography - Charlotte 49ers Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine
- North Carolina State Wolfpack promote Bobby Lutz to associate head coach - ESPN
- Giglio, JP. "N.C. State hires Lutz". charlotteobserver.com. Archived from the original on 15 September 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2011.
- Charlotte 49ers fire Bobby Lutz as coach - ESPN
- Charlotte endorses Lutz with five-year extension - Men's College Basketball - ESPN
- Bobby Lutz hire gives Iowa State experience on bench - ESPN
- Hobbs, Chris (March 15, 2010). "49ers release Catawba County native from contract". The Hickory Record.[permanent dead link]
- "Windy City Bulls Finalize Coaching & Basketball Operations Staff For Inaugural Season". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. September 30, 2016. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
- https://basketball.realgm.com/dleague/standings/conference/2017. Missing or empty
- http://www.dailyherald.com/sports/20171008/charlie-henry-ready-for-new-role-with-windy-city-bulls. Missing or empty
- Conference USA Standings (2001–02) - College Basketball - ESPN
- Charlotte 49ers Basketball 2002-03 Schedule - 49ers Home and Away - ESPN
- Conference USA Standings (2002–03) - College Basketball - ESPN
- Charlotte 49ers Basketball 2003-04 Schedule - 49ers Home and Away - ESPN
- Conference USA Standings (2003–04) - College Basketball - ESPN
- Charlotte 49ers Basketball 2004-05 Schedule - 49ers Home and Away - ESPN
- Conference USA Standings (2004–05) - College Basketball - ESPN
- Charlotte 49ers Basketball 2005-06 Schedule - 49ers Home and Away - ESPN
- Atlantic 10 Conference Standings (2005–06) - College Basketball - ESPN
- Charlotte 49ers Basketball 2006-07 Schedule - 49ers Home and Away - ESPN
- Atlantic 10 Conference Standings (2006–07) - College Basketball - ESPN
- Charlotte 49ers Basketball 2007-08 Schedule - 49ers Home and Away - ESPN
- Atlantic 10 Conference Standings (2007–08) - College Basketball - ESPN
- Charlotte 49ers Basketball 2008-09 Schedule - 49ers Home and Away - ESPN
- Atlantic 10 Conference Standings (2008–09) - College Basketball - ESPN
- Charlotte 49ers Basketball 2009-10 Schedule - 49ers Home and Away - ESPN
- Atlantic 10 Conference Standings (2009–10) - College Basketball - ESPN
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