Bobby Lutz (basketball)

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Bobby Lutz
Bobby Lutz Kuwait (crop).jpg
Lutz in Kuwait, 2007
Nebraska Cornhuskers
PositionSpecial Assistant
Personal information
Born (1958-04-04) April 4, 1958 (age 61)
Hickory, North Carolina
NationalityAmerican
Career information
High schoolBandys (Catawba, North Carolina)
CollegeCharlotte
Coaching career1982–present
Career history
As coach:
1982–1983Parkwood HS[1]
1983–1984Bunker Hill HS[1]
1984–1986Clemson (assistant)
1986–1995Pfeiffer
1995–1998Charlotte (assistant)
1998–2010Charlotte
2010–2011Iowa State (assistant)
2011–2012NC State (assistant)
2012–2016NC State (assoc. HC)
2016–2017Windy City Bulls (assistant)
2019-presentNebraska (special assistant)
Career highlights and awards
  • Conference USA regular season champion (2004)
  • Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year (2004)[1]
  • Conference USA Tournament champion (1999, 2001)
  • 6× Conference Carolinas regular season champion (1990–1995)
  • 6× Conference Carolinas Tournament champion (1990–1995)
  • Pfeiffer Athletics Hall of Fame[1]
  • UNC Charlotte Alumni Hall of Fame (2002)[1]

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[2]. 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[3] after being an assistant coach there.[4] Lutz was also head coach of the Charlotte 49ers basketball team from 1998 to 2010.

Early career[edit]

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.

Charlotte[edit]

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.[5] He compiled a 218–158 record at UNC Charlotte,[6][7] and is the school's winningest men's basketball coach.[8] He then spent a season as an assistant coach with the Iowa State Cyclones under head coach Fred Hoiberg.[7]

D-League[edit]

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.[9] 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. [10] 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.[11]

Coaching tree[edit]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Pfeiffer Falcons (Conference Carolinas) (1986–1995)
1986–87 Pfeiffer 7–19 4–12
1987–88 Pfeiffer 7–17 4–12
1988–89 Pfeiffer 13–13 10–6
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
1994–95 Pfeiffer 25–8 11–3 T–1st NAIA Runner-up
Pfeiffer: 180–89 86–42
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[12] 4th[12] NCAA First Round
2002–03 Charlotte 13–16[13] 8–8[13] T–6th[14]
2003–04 Charlotte 21–9[15] 12–4[15] T–1st[16] NCAA First Round[15]
2004–05 Charlotte 21–8[17] 12–4[17] T–2nd[18] NCAA First Round[17]
Charlotte 49ers (Atlantic 10 Conference) (2005–2010)
2005–06 Charlotte 19–13[19] 11–5[19] 2nd[20] NIT First Round[19]
2006–07 Charlotte 14–16[21] 7–9[21] 9th[22]
2007–08 Charlotte 20–14[23] 9–7[23] T–4th[24] NIT First Round[23]
2008–09 Charlotte 11–20[25] 5–11[25] 12th[26]
2009–10 Charlotte 49ers 19–12[27] 9–7[27] T–5th[28]
Charlotte: 218–158 111–81
Total: 398–247

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Personal[edit]

Lutz has a wife and two daughters.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Bobby Lutz Biography - Charlotte 49ers Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ http://www.huskers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=100&ATCLID=211799530&Q_SEASON=2018
  3. ^ North Carolina State Wolfpack promote Bobby Lutz to associate head coach - ESPN
  4. ^ Giglio, JP. "N.C. State hires Lutz". charlotteobserver.com. Archived from the original on 15 September 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2011.
  5. ^ Charlotte 49ers fire Bobby Lutz as coach - ESPN
  6. ^ Charlotte endorses Lutz with five-year extension - Men's College Basketball - ESPN
  7. ^ a b Bobby Lutz hire gives Iowa State experience on bench - ESPN
  8. ^ Hobbs, Chris (March 15, 2010). "49ers release Catawba County native from contract". The Hickory Record.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Windy City Bulls Finalize Coaching & Basketball Operations Staff For Inaugural Season". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. September 30, 2016. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  10. ^ https://basketball.realgm.com/dleague/standings/conference/2017. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ http://www.dailyherald.com/sports/20171008/charlie-henry-ready-for-new-role-with-windy-city-bulls. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ a b Conference USA Standings (2001–02) - College Basketball - ESPN
  13. ^ a b Charlotte 49ers Basketball 2002-03 Schedule - 49ers Home and Away - ESPN
  14. ^ Conference USA Standings (2002–03) - College Basketball - ESPN
  15. ^ a b c Charlotte 49ers Basketball 2003-04 Schedule - 49ers Home and Away - ESPN
  16. ^ Conference USA Standings (2003–04) - College Basketball - ESPN
  17. ^ a b c Charlotte 49ers Basketball 2004-05 Schedule - 49ers Home and Away - ESPN
  18. ^ Conference USA Standings (2004–05) - College Basketball - ESPN
  19. ^ a b c Charlotte 49ers Basketball 2005-06 Schedule - 49ers Home and Away - ESPN
  20. ^ Atlantic 10 Conference Standings (2005–06) - College Basketball - ESPN
  21. ^ a b Charlotte 49ers Basketball 2006-07 Schedule - 49ers Home and Away - ESPN
  22. ^ Atlantic 10 Conference Standings (2006–07) - College Basketball - ESPN
  23. ^ a b c Charlotte 49ers Basketball 2007-08 Schedule - 49ers Home and Away - ESPN
  24. ^ Atlantic 10 Conference Standings (2007–08) - College Basketball - ESPN
  25. ^ a b Charlotte 49ers Basketball 2008-09 Schedule - 49ers Home and Away - ESPN
  26. ^ Atlantic 10 Conference Standings (2008–09) - College Basketball - ESPN
  27. ^ a b Charlotte 49ers Basketball 2009-10 Schedule - 49ers Home and Away - ESPN
  28. ^ Atlantic 10 Conference Standings (2009–10) - College Basketball - ESPN

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