N.C. State promotes Lutz to associate head coach

In first year at N.C. State, former UNC Charlotte coach credited with helping team reach NCAA’s Sweet 16

jgiglio@newsobserver.com April 20, 2012 

N.C. State's assistant coach Bobby Lutz, left, talks with DeShawn Painter (0) during the second half of N.C. State's 78-73 loss to Duke Thursday, February 16, 2012, at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C.

ETHAN HYMAN — ehyman@newsobserver.com

N.C. State promoted Bobby Lutz to associate head coach of the men’s basketball team on Friday.

The former head coach at UNC Charlotte, Lutz helped first-year Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried win 24 games and reach the Midwest Regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament this past season. Lutz, 54, is in charge of the team’s advanced scouting and is considered by his peers as one of the top strategists in the game.

His recruiting connections helped the Pack keep McDonald’s All-American guard Tyler Lewis in the fold after the coaching change last summer and to land transfer guard Alex Johnson.

“Bobby played a vital role in our team’s success on the court this season and our success on the recruiting trail,” Gottfried said in a statement released by the school. “He adds an enormous amount of experience and expertise to our staff.”

Lutz is the winningest coach (218-158) in Charlotte history and took the 49ers to the NCAA tournament five times in 12 seasons but was let go by his alma mater after the 2009-10 season. He still has two years remaining on his contract with Charlotte. He has one year left on his contract with N.C. State.

“I really enjoyed my first year at NC State,” Lutz said in a statement released by the school. “The people associated with the university are great and it’s a pleasure to be a member of a staff that is so unselfish and has the same goals: winning championships and helping our players succeed. I look forward to being a part of the Wolfpack’s continued success and I’m excited about the future.”

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