I am so jazzed about the overall breadth and depth of NC State’s new men’s basketball coaching staff that I don’t think we can draw enough attention to the staff coach Gottfried has assembled.
You might have missed this one from the Fayetteville Observer over the July 4th holiday weekend.
Bobby Lutz had never coached outside the Carolinas, but relocating to Ames, Iowa, last summer wasn’t a complicated ordeal.
Hired as an assistant at Iowa State, Lutz didn’t bother with moving trucks because he rented a furnished house. Clothes were the primary items he and his wife had to pack for the 1,100-mile trip in their Chevrolet Suburban.
That left plenty of room for Sun Drop. Fifteen cases, to be exact.
The Southern soda wasn’t yet available in the Midwest.
“I’m a creature of habit,” he said.
Lutz remained loyal to his North Carolina roots throughout his 10-month stint with the Cyclones, and he’s back in the comfort of his home state. He joined new N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried’s staff in April, giving the Wolfpack an experienced assistant with strong recruiting ties and an in-depth understanding of the ACC landscape.
For Lutz, who spent 12 seasons as the head coach at Charlotte before being fired last March, he can again visit family and friends with relative ease when he’s not working to rebuild a once-proud program in Raleigh.
“It’s perfect as it can be,” Lutz said.