WATCH: New Islanders hoop coach is introduced

Steve Lutz
Posted at 8:43 PM, Apr 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-08 16:28:49-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — New Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball coach Steve Lutz will be formally introduced during a press conference Thursday afternoon at the school.

We'll be there with live coverage of the press conference here:

Lutz, 45, will replace Willis Wilson, who announced his retirement on March 24 after 10 years as the coach.

The news was first confirmed to KRIS 6 sports director Alan Harwell and sports reporter Jeff Dubrof.

In a press release from the university Lutz says, ""It is with great honor that I accept the offer to become the next head men's basketball coach at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. "This is the realization of a dream, and I look forward to working diligently to build a program that will make Islander fans proud. Thank you to Dr. Miller and Jon Palumbo for the confidence they've shown in me. I will work every day to justify their faith. My family and I are eager to get to town and get started on the task of building a championship program. Go Islanders!"

Lutz is a highly respected assistant who was the Boilermakers' defensive guru working with Coach Matt Painter for the last four seasons.

Before coming to Purdue, Lutz worked seven seasons under Greg McDermott at Creighton. While working with the Blue Jays, Lutz developed a reputation as one of the nation's top recruiters and was instrumental in the development of 2014 National Player of the Year Doug McDermott, son of Creighton's head coach.

Lutz is a San Antonio native. He previously was an assistant under Corpus Christi native Danny Kaspar at UIW and Stephen F. Austin and also coached at Garden City (Kansas) Community College and SMU.

He played collegiately at Texas Lutheran College and at Ranger Junior College.

Wilson was the winningest coach in Texas A&M-Corpus Christi history with 143 victories.