Western Kentucky names Steve Lutz as basketball coach

Western Kentucky named Texas A&M Corpus-Christi’s Steve Lutz as its head basketball coach on Saturday.Lutz, 50, led Corpus Christi to the NCAA Tournament in 2022 and 2023, and the Islanders won the program’s first tournament game on Tuesday with a 75-71 victory over Southwest Missouri State in the First Four.He spent two seasons at Corpus Christi and tallied a 47-23 record. This year, he was named the Southland Conference and NABC District 22 Coach of the Year.Corpus Christi finished the 2022-23 season with a 24-11 (14-4 Southland Conference) record and lost its first-round tournament game on Thursday to top overall seed Alabama, 96-75.”We are excited to name Steve Lutz as our next head coach,” Western Kentucky coach Todd Stewart in a news release. “He is a proven winner and a respected coach with a track record of consistent success in recruiting, player development, academics, and community involvement. It is nice to hire someone with head coaching experience, but it is even better if they have winning head coaching experience.”Contract terms were not announced.Lutz, formerly an assistant coach at Purdue, did a “remarkable” job as a first-time head coach, Stewart said.