The 53-year-old Lutz comes to NC State after a season on the staff at Iowa State, where he helped the Cyclones earn their highest win total since 2005-06. Prior to his stint in Ames, Lutz served as the head coach at Charlotte from 1999-2010, where he led his alma mater to eight postseason appearances (five NCAA, three NIT) in his 12 years at the helm. He is the winningest coach in 49er history, posting a 218-158.
A native of Catawba, N.C., Lutz led Charlotte to a school-record five 20-win seasons, averaged over 18 wins a year and won three league titles (1999, 2001, 2004) in his tenure with the 49ers. He had four top-20 national recruiting classes and tutored 10 players who earned first-team all-conference honors. Five times in his career a Lutz-coached 49er squad knocked off a top-10 opponent, including a win over No. 3 Cincinnati in 1999. Five of the eight wins over top-10-ranked opponents in Charlotte's history came under Lutz's watch.
In 2005, Lutz was a finalist for the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year Award.
Prior to being named head coach, Lutz was an assistant coach at Charlotte for three seasons (1996-98) under head coach Melvin Watkins. The 49ers compiled a record of 56-35 and went to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments when Lutz was an assistant for Watkins.
Prior to his stint at Charlotte, Lutz molded Pfeiffer University, a NAIA school in Misenheimer, N.C., into a national power as head coach from 1987-95. He posted a 181-91 record and qualified for six-straight NAIA Tournament berths, including three Final Four appearances. His teams had an .785 winning percentage (153-42) from 1990-95 and he developed 10 NAIA All-Americans.
From 1985-86, Lutz served as an assistant at Clemson.
Lutz graduated with "High Honors" from UNC Charlotte in 1980 with a degree in economics and psychology and a 3.82 GPA. He earned three other degrees: Lenoir-Rhyne, 1981 (A.B. Secondary Education); Winthrop, 1985 (M.A.T. Secondary Social Studies); Clemson, 1986 (M.A. Education- Administration & Supervision).
Lutz has been extremely active in off-the-court endeavors and goodwill campaigns in his successful career. He has served as the Honorary Chair of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Light Up the Night Campaign as well as the Coaches' Curing Kids' Cancer organization.
He is a member of Pfeiffer's Athletics Hall of Fame and UNC Charlotte's Alumni Hall of Fame.
Lutz and his wife, Janet, have two daughters: Natalie and Christine.