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Bobby Lutz

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The Charlotte 49ers announced the program’s third Hall of Fame class on Wednesday morning and it included one of the most successful members of the basketball program.

Bobby Lutz is the winningest coach in the history of Niners basketball, posting a 218-158 record in twelve seasons as the head man. In total, Lutz led the program to eight postseason appearances, including five NCAA Tournaments. He led the 1998-99 team, his first, to their highest NCAA  Tournament seed in program history (5) and the second round of the tourney, their deepest run outside of the run to the 1977 Final Four.

Since Lutz left the program back in 2010, the Niners have posted just a 180-218 record and haven’t made the NCAA Tournament. The 2011-12 team was the only one to even reach the NIT.

On Friday afternoon, Lutz stopped by with the Mac & Bone Show earlier today and talked about the honor. “It was a very pleasant surprise,” Lutz said. “I’m just happy for all the players, coaches and my family and a lot of the fans, the student fans.”

Along with Lutz in the third class of the Charlotte Athletics Hall of Fame are late philanthropist Ike Belk, former basketball player DeMarco Johnson, former soccer player Lindsey Ozimeck and baseball player Bo Robinson. They will be inducted at a ceremony in November alongside the 2022 class that was announced back in October.