According to our friend Nathan Baird at the Lafayette Journal and Courier, it appears as Steve Lutz will be named later today to replace Coach Owens, who recently left for the head coaching job at Miami of Ohio.
#Purdue basketball expected to announce Creighton's Steve Lutz as new assistant. https://t.co/9JCW8quxZH pic.twitter.com/2SIHcKDUFg— Nathan Baird (@nbairdjc) April 13, 2017
This is a tremendous hire for Coach Painter.
Lutz is a long time assistant coach and his most recent stop was with Creighton. He has also coached at Stephen F. Austin, SMU, Garden City Community College & Incarnate Word.
But since 2010, he has coached with an extremely successful Creighton. Lutz has a pretty successful recruiting profile while at Creighton. Most recently, he lured in 5*, Justin Patton. He has been a part of one of the most successful eras in Creighton Blue Jays history.
Coach Painter got a good one here. Lutz is only 45 years old, so he is young enough to still relate to the players that he is recruiting. With Creighton, he also helped Coach the front court, since we have Coach Brantley with those duties, it is remained to be seen where he will coach at outside of being the recruiting guru.
I would assume, like most assistant coaches, Coach Lutz’ end goal is to be a head coach at some level. Leaving Creighton for Purdue is definitely a step up for him as far as a pedigree stand point.
It is official now, Coach Lutz is a Boilermaker!
RELEASE: @LutzSteve to join #Purdue coaching staff.— Purdue Basketball (@BoilerBall) April 13, 2017
Welcome to West Lafayette, Coach Lutz! Boiler Up!