COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Lutz leaving Huskers to pursue other coaching opportunities

Published Saturday, March 20th, 2021

Bobby Lutz, a 1976 graduate of Bandys High, is leaving the Nebraska coaching staff to pursue other opportunities in college basketball./STANLY NEWS AND PRESS PHOTO

Bandys High grad said he’s ready

to get back to recruiting, 1-on-1 coaching


Editor’s note: Full disclosure … Lutz and Chris Hobbs — editor and content coordinator of this website — are high school classmates, graduating from Bandys High in 1976, and have continued that relationship over the past 45 years in our careers.


LINCOLN, Neb. — Bobby Lutz, a Catawba County native with an extensive resume in high school and college basketball, is leaving Nebraska’s program after two years.


Lutz, who played prep basketball at Bandys under the late Bill Bost and also coached there and at Bunker Hill before entering college basketball, has been a special assistant to Huskers head coach Fred Hoiberg.

Lutz earlier worked for Hoiberg as an assistant at Iowa State.

Lutz also worked with Hoiberg as an assistant of the Windy City Bulls, the G-League affiliate of the Chicago Bulls.

A Nebraska press release said Lutz is leaving to pursue opportunities in college basketball that will allow him to return to his loves, recruiting and hands-on coaching.

Lutz was not available for comment on Saturday.

College-wise, Lutz is best known for his tenure as head coach at Pfeiffer and Charlotte and for a key role as an assistant and associate head coach at N.C. State. He still has the most wins of Charlotte head coaches with 218.

After working with Bost as an assistant coach at Bandys, Lutz left to coach the Parkwood girls. In  1982-83, defeated Bandys 64-58 in the West 2A Regional final. That denied the Trojans a shot at a third straight state 2A title, and Parkwood went on to win that crown.

Lutz returned to Catawba County for the next season, taking the boys’ head coaching job at Bunker Hill and replacing the late Mark Carter. The Bears went  18-7 and fell to Bandys 59-51 in the first round of the district playoffs.

After one season in Claremont, Lutz accepted a graduate assistant’s job at Clemson under head coach Cliff Ellis and has remained in college basketball since that move.

Lutz is a native of Denver, N.C., and he and his wife, Janet, have returned to living in the home he grew up in. Janet (Deal) Lutz was a record-setting guard at Bandys who at one point had more career assists than any player in the country.






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