GCCC volleyball head coach Lutz out after two seasons
By ADAM HOLT
The Garden City Community College volleyball program will be searching for a new head coach next week.
GCCC athletic director Ryan Ruda said on Friday that Rob Lutz handed in his resignation on Thursday after just two years at the head of the Broncbuster volleyball program.
Lutz did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment. Ruda said Lutz did not give any specific reasoning for his resignation.
"Really didn't," Ruda said in a phone interview. "Just wishing him the best on his future endeavors. He's definitely been a good asset here to the college and to the program. Definitely wish him the best on his future endeavors."
The surprising move comes on the heels of Lutz helping the Busters to their first winning season in five years, and Garden City made the final four of the region playoffs, putting itself in position to win a berth into the national tournament.
Garden City struggled in the three years before Lutz was hired, going 13-82 and 1-37 in conference play. His first season ended with a 1-32 mark, including 0-14 in conference play, but in 2012, the Busters went 21-20, and won their first home and conference matches since 2008.
Ruda said the department is starting its search for a replacement immediately, and that the hope is to have a new coach hired before the semester ends, in order to meet the team prior to summer break.
"Really just want somebody that has, preferably, has had experience," Ruda said. "Definitely looking for somebody that's had coaching experience. I think at this level here, what we're really wanting, is somebody that has a strong recruiting background."
Recruiting was an area that looked like it would continue to be a strong point for Lutz. Lutz's 2012 recruiting class featured more out-of-state players than Garden City had in recent years, and included a pair of international players — Brazilian Natalia Parreira, who was a first-team all-KJCCC selection, and Josi Stiel, of Germany.
Lutz is a California native, and the Long Beach State graduate spent time on both coasts, including coaching stints at Fordham University (N.Y.) and Kennesaw State (Ga.).
Garden City was on track to have five players returning next season, although the coaching change could affect the players' decisions.