Steve Lutz enters his fifth season (2010-11) on the Hilltop after joining Matt Doherty's staff on June 14, 2006. Lutz serves as the recruiting coordinator for SMU basketball.
His first season at SMU saw the Mustangs sign the No. 24 ranked recruiting class according to Hoop Scoop Online. That was followed by the No. 33 ranked class by Hoop Scoop Online. In his third season, newcomers led the team in scoring in 27 of 30 games, the highest percentage in the nation. Paul McCoy was named to the 2008-09 Conference USA All-Freshman squad a year after Papa Dia earned the same honor. In his fourth season, the Mustangs finished with their most wins (7), best finish (tied for 7th) and best seed (No. 8) since joining Conference USA for the 2005-06 season. Papa Dia and Derek Williams were selected to the 2010 All-Conference USA Third Team. It marked the first time SMU had multiple All-Conference selections since the 2001-02 season. Williams was also named to the NABC All-District Second Team.
Lutz has 14 seasons of experience as a college assistant. He spent four seasons at Incarnate Word in San Antonio, followed by a season at Garden City Community College (Kansas), and then six years with head coach Danny Kaspar at Stephen F. Austin. His teams have totaled a 249-163 record for a 60.4 winning percentage.
Lutz has had 16 players earn 22 all-conference accolades, four players garner five all-America honors, along with 12 players named league player of the week on 22 occasions. Academics have also been strong with nine players totaling 17 academic all-conference awards and two athletes making academic all-America three times.
At SFA, Lutz served the Lumberjacks' recruiting coordinator and assisted in all phases of game preparation. Several of the recent recruiting classes were rated among the tops in the Southland Conference and among the best in the region. The Lumberjacks had the top-rated recruiting class in the Southland Conference according to Hoop Scoop Online in both 2000-01 and 2004-05. The 2004-05 group was also rated 71st nationally by Hoop Scoop Online. He brought 18 players to SFA with eight hailing from Texas high schools including four from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He also recruited four from Texas junior colleges. Lutz also recruited Patrick Hanaway, Mr. Basketball in Colorado, and Ben Hunt from Australia while at SFA. Three of his recruits; Percy Green, B.J. Banks, and Antonio Burks; went on to earn All-Southland Conference honors.
In six seasons at SFA, the Lumberjacks went 93-76, including a 71-44 mark over the last four seasons with 21 wins in both 2002-03 and 2003-04. The Lumberjacks went 57-51 in the Southland Conference during Lutz's tenure with .500 or better records four times, including a school-best 16-4 campaign in 2002-03. The Lumberjacks led the Southland in scoring margin and three-point percentage in two of his final three seasons as well as rebounding defense and rebounding margin in 2005-06. The Lumberjacks set the Johnson Coliseum record of 31 consecutive home wins from 2002-03 to 2004-05.
Lutz also spent four seasons as an assistant to Kaspar at Incarnate Word in San Antonio. During those four seasons, the Crusaders went 99-20, winning three regular-season Heart of Texas Conference titles and capturing the conference postseason tournament in each of his final three seasons. He also spent one season at Incarnate Word as the head golf coach at the university. At Incarnate Word, the final NAIA regular season national ranking improved each year: 23rd, 10th, 9th, and first. He also spent the 1999-2000 season as an assistant to Jeremy Cox at Garden City Community College where his team went 24-9 and finished third in the Jayhawk Western Conference.
Lutz played basketball for three seasons at Texas Lutheran and served as the team captain as a senior. He earned his undergraduate degree from Texas Lutheran in 1995 and a Master's of Education at Incarnate Word in 1997. Lutz played one season at Ranger Junior College prior to his arrival at Texas Lutheran.
He and his wife Shannon have two daughters, Caroline and McKenna.