transfer Mar 17, 2023; Columbus, OH, USA; A basketball displaying the March Madness logo enter the basket before the game between the USC Trojans and the Michigan State Spartans at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

For teams not in the NCAA Tournament, March Madness provides an opportunity to scout some of the nation’s top coaches. Those who are unheralded because of the conference they play in has them tuckered away from the national scene until March.

That has become the case for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Texas A&M-CC is reportedly expected to lose its head coach in the coming days. According to Stadium hoops insider Jeff Goodman, Western Kentucky is hiring Steve Lutz to become the program’s next head coach. Lutz is signing a four-year deal with the Hilltoppers, who recently began a national search after head coach Rick Stansbury elected to step down. The 60-year-old Stansbury had been in Bowling Green, Kentucky since 2016, electing to resign after a 17-16 season.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi beat Southeast Missouri State University in one of the NCAA Tournament’s First Four matchups on Tuesday. The 16th-seed Islanders would fall to the top-ranked seed in the South region — Alabama — in a 96-75 first-round drubbing. 

Lutz had taken the Islanders to two straight NCAA tournaments and compiled a 47-23 record during his two seasons as the program’s head coach. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi won the Southland Conference tournament in back-to-back seasons, while also capturing the regular season title in 2023. Prior to his time in Corpus Christi, Lutz was an assistant at programs like Purdue, Creighton, SMU and Stephen F. Austin. 

He certainly won’t be the last head coach that gets poached in this hiring cycle due to their team’s performance in the NCAA Tournament.

[Jeff Goodman]

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