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Originally published: 2014-03-27 12:21:44
Last modified: 2014-03-27 16:53:22

Lutz emerges as candidate for App men's coaching job

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

Former Charlotte head men's basketball coach Bobby Lutz has emerged as a candidate to be the new Appalachian State men's basketball coach, according to several reports.

Lutz is the current associate head men's basketball coach at N.C. State for head coach Mark Gottfried. He has been at N.C. State for the past three seasons.

Appalachian State spokesman Mike Flynn said that the school is still in the process of reviewing several candidates, and that it is the policy of the university not to discuss any individuals who might be in the mix.

He added that there are no coaches who have emerged as the leading candidates at this time.

"We are still in the process of evaluating and having discussions with several candidates at this time," Flynn said.

Lutz was the head coach at Charlotte from 1998-2010, where he posted an overall record of 218-158 record. He led the 49ers to five NCAA appearances and three NIT bids.

He spent a season at Iowa State before moving to N.C. State, where he is in charge of advanced scouting and creating defensive game plans.

The position at Appalachian State became vacant after the contract of coach Jason Capel was not renewed following the Southern Conference Tournament. Capel guided the Mountaineers to a 53-70 record in four seasons.

Lutz used to coach in the Sun Belt Conference while Charlotte was a member under then head coach Jeff Mullins. He was an assistant to Mullins and Melvin Watkins before taking over the Charlotte position in 1998.

WILMINGTON -- Louisville associated head men's basketball coach Kevin Keatts agreed to be the new head coach at UNC Wilmington, according to team's website Thursday.

Keatts replaces Buzz Peterson, who was fired from the position after four years. Peterson took the job at UNC Wilmington after coaching at Appalachian State for a season in his second tour of duty with the App program.

Keatts, 41, coached at Louisville for three seasons. He went to the program after coaching at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., where he won a pair of national prep championships and three runner-up finishes.