Iowa State’s ace in the hole

By Chris Williams, Publisher

Kansas City, Mo. – Fred Hoiberg has never coached a basketball game in his life.

The fraternity of Big 12 basketball coaches didn’t seem to really care about that fact when they met in Kansas City on Thursday morning.

In fact, I was a little bit surprised at the amount of times that former Charlotte head coach and now Hoiberg’s ace assistant Bobby Lutz’s name came up. According to many, Lutz is a key to the rebuilding of Iowa State’s program that hardly anyone is talking about.

“He has been around for a long time. He works really hard,” said Texas head coach Rick Barnes told “What I respect about a person like Fred is that he is willing to bring someone in who knows it. He couldn’t have picked a better person.”

Lutz was at Charlotte for the last 12 seasons, where he led his alma mater to eight post-season appearances and five NCAA Tournaments.

“You don’t look at Fred as having an ego or being threatened by anybody,” said Nebraska head coach Doc Sadler. “That is something that with the success that he has had and his basketball experiences, he understands that everybody is there for one common goal. That is to help win whether it be the head coach, an assistant or whoever. Bobby Lutz has done that his whole life. I’m sure that Fred is learning on him a lot.”


Chris Williams


Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old ( He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.