Former Charlotte head basketball coach Bobby Lutz was listed to be one of four candidates for the Appalachian State job on Sunday.
On Monday, Lutz offered his opinion of the program and his interest in the job. Lutz appeared on Charlotte's WFNZ a day after Stadium.com reporter Jeff Goodman listed him as a potential hire for the Mountaineers' vacancy — along with Mike Jones (Radford), Tim Craft (Gardner-Webb) and Kevin McGeehan (Campbell).
Lutz said on The Clubhouse with Kyle Bailey that he would be "very interested" to talk with App State about the job.
"I think Appalachian State has great potential — passionate and loyal fan base in football, and they want a winner in basketball. They're looking for that," Lutz said. "I have no doubt that, were I the head coach, that we'd win there. I'm honored if I am being considered. I can't speak to their level of interest.
". . . I hope that it's accurate. Goodman is often accurate. I hope he's right this time and that I am indeed someone that they're considering because I'd be honored to be their head coach. But again, it's going to be more up to them than it is up to me."
Coaching the 49ers from 1998 to 2010, Lutz went 218-158 while taking Charlotte to five NCAA Tournament appearances and three NIT appearances. He was considered for the App State opening in 2014 while he was an assistant coach at N.C. State. He ultimately opted to remain with the Wolfpack. The job went to Jim Fox, who was fired on March 15 after five seasons.
Lutz, 60, last coached for the Windy City Bulls, the NBA G-League affiliate of the Chicago Bulls. He's appeared as a potential candidate for a handful of jobs over the last few years, but he said he has been waiting for the right place to make his college coaching return.
"Even though I've turned down a few opportunities in the past couple years, it's no secret that I want to coach again," Lutz said. "It's public knowledge for the right situation and the right people."
Lutz has a career record of 398-247, a mark that also includes a nine-year stint with Pfeiffer (1986 to 1995).