New Iowa State men's basketball coach Fred Hoiberg has finally added that experienced coach to his program.
Bobby Lutz (pronounced LOOTS) was rumored to be the Cyclones' assistant to bring experience to Hoiberg's bench. ISU announced Lutz's hiring today (June 17). Lutz has won 399 games in his career, including having a record of 218-158 from 1999-2010 at North Carolina-Charlotte. He led his alma mater to eight postseason appearances – five NCAA, three NIT – and became the winningest coach in 49er history.
He led Charlotte to 23 wins and an appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in his first season in 1998-99. Charlotte again made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament two years later (2001) with a 22-11 record. Lutz’s 2001 team was led by Rodney White, who was named National Freshman of the Year by ESPN.com. In 2003-04 his team went 21-9 and was 21-8 a year later.
During a seven-year stretch, his team went to the NCAA tourney five times.
Lutz's squad in 2009-10 finished with a winning record. However, it lost several games down the stretch and Lutz was let go by the Atlantic 10 Conference school.
“I was really content on taking a year off, but then I was approached by Fred and I was immediately interested and intrigued,” Lutz said in an ISU news release.
"As we kept in touch I became more and more excited about coming to Iowa State. I think it’s a great fit for me with the skill set and experience I have and I hope I can help Fred build this program into a very competitive level in the Big 12. In addition to the professional side, I wouldn’t work for anyone I didn’t feel extremely good about as a person. That is extremely important for me and I am confident that will not be an issue with this staff.”