Lutz leaves for NC State

Chris Cuellar

Fred Hoiberg will be surrounded by several new faces in the 2011-12 season.

ISU assistant men’s basketball coach Bobby Lutz accepted the same position at North Carolina State University on Monday, leaving the Cyclones with two holes at assistant positions this offseason.

Lutz was a head coach at Charlotte for 12 years before joining Hoiberg’s staff in the spring of 2010 and was an assistant for just one season.

N.C. State hired coach Mark Gottfried to lead the Atlantic Coast Conference program last week, and Lutz accepted the offer to move back home and join Gottfried’s staff.

A native of Hickory, N.C., most of Lutz’s family and friends were still located in the basketball-crazy state, and the move east will take him back home.

“I coached against Bobby, so I know from firsthand experience what an exceptional coach he is,” Gottfried said in a statement released by N.C. State. “He has great ties in the state of North Carolina from his time at Charlotte and Pfeiffer and that will be a huge help for us in recruiting. That recruiting advantage, plus his on-the-floor coaching expertise, will make him an asset in every part of our program.”

Lutz was known for the experience he brought to first-time coach Fred Hoiberg’s staff, but also said before the season started he would likely want to be a head coach again.

Lutz was also an assistant for one season at Clemson during the 1985-86 season.

T.J. Otzelberger is the only remaining assistant coach on Hoiberg’s team. Five transfer players that sat out Lutz’s only season are expected to play for the Cyclones in 2011-12.