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W. Kentucky hires Texas A&M-CC’s Lutz as coach


Western Kentucky has employed Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Steve Lutz as its new males’s basketball coach, the college introduced Saturday.

Lutz is coming off back-to-back males’s NCAA event appearances, guiding the Islanders to a Southland regular-season title this season. They beat Southeast Missouri State within the First 4 earlier this week earlier than falling to Alabama 96-75 within the first spherical Thursday.

“I’m very excited and appreciative of the chance to be the subsequent head coach at Western Kentucky,” Lutz mentioned in an announcement. “It is a storied program with a wealthy historical past of success. Our groups will put on the WKU uniform with pleasure and characterize the Hilltopper Nation in all the pieces we do. I look ahead to assembly our gamers, and our household is wanting ahead to becoming a member of the Bowling Inexperienced neighborhood. Go Tops!”

In two seasons at Corpus Christi, Lutz is 47-23 total and 21-11 in convention play.

Previous to being employed as a head coach, Lutz was a longtime assistant coach at totally different ranges of school basketball, most notably seven seasons at Creighton underneath Greg McDermott and 4 seasons at Purdue underneath Matt Painter. Throughout his time with the Boilermakers, Lutz helped recruit Wood Award front-runner Zach Edey to West Lafayette.

“We’re excited to call Steve Lutz as our subsequent head coach,” mentioned Western Kentucky College director of athletics Todd Stewart in an announcement. “He’s a confirmed winner and a revered coach with a monitor document of constant success in recruiting, participant growth, teachers, and neighborhood involvement.”

Lutz started his teaching profession as an assistant coach at Incarnate Phrase in 1995.

At Western Kentucky, he replaces Rick Stansbury, who left his submit earlier this month after seven seasons with the Hilltoppers. They failed to achieve the NCAA event in any of his seven seasons. Previous to Stansbury’s tenure, Western Kentucky had a powerful latest NCAA event historical past, going seven instances underneath three coaches from 2001 to 2013 — together with a Candy 16 look in 2008 underneath Darrin Horn.

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