Bobby Lutz to remain an assistant NC State basketball coach

jgiglio@newsobserver.comMarch 28, 2014 

Bobby Lutz will be back at N.C. State for a fourth season as Mark Gottfried’s top assistant.

Lutz withdrew his name from consideration at Appalachian State on Friday. He made the announcement on Twitter, saying: “W/drew name from App State.Charlie Cobb 1st class. All the best. So excited to be with Mark Gottfried and NC State. Future is bright. #wpn.”

Lutz has helped Gottfried lead N.C. State to three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. The former Charlotte 49ers head coach had talked to Appalachian State athletics director Charlie Cobb about the Mountaineers’ opening earlier in the week.

The Mountaineers went 9-21 this season and fired coach Jason Capel, who had a 53-70 record in four seasons.

Lutz went 218-158 at Charlotte in 12 seasons and led the 49ers to the NCAA tournament five times. He was replaced after the 2009-10 season and spent one year as an assistant at Iowa State before joining the N.C. State staff when Gottfried was hired in April 2011.

Lutz, who turns 56 next week, has one year remaining on his contract with N.C. State, which is worth $300,000.

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