June 22, 2000
CHAMPAIGN, ILL. - University of Illinois athletic director Ron Guenther announced today that seven-year women's swimming and diving head coach Jim Lutz has resigned. His resignation is effective June 30.
"I personally thank Jim Lutz and his family for the contribution they have made to the University of Illinois women's swimming and diving program," Guenther said. "Jim is an outstanding person and I know he will have much success in the future."
The winningest women's swimming and diving coach in school history, Lutz went 59-37 during his Illinois career. Lutz and the Illini are coming off of an 8-5 season in which Illinois had its first swimmer earn All-America honors by finishing sixth at the NCAA meet. Six of Lutz's Illini swimmers from the 1999-2000 squad qualified for the 2000 Olympic Trials in August.
In his tenure at Illinois, Lutz racked up many accomplishments. He led the 1996-97 squad to a school record 13 dual meet victories. His 1994 recruiting class was ranked 13th in the nation by Taper and Shave. In 1994 he also was named one of the Top 100 swim coaches in the nation by the American Swimming Coaches Association. Thirty-four of Lutz's athletes have earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.
"I am proud of the legacy that I am leaving both academically and athletically," Lutz said. "Sue has been extremely loyal. I wish her the best."
Sue Novitsky will take over as interim head coach. She has assisted Lutz for the past three seasons. Novitsky was a NCAA Division II All-American at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., as well as being a member of the 1990 National Champion squad.
"Sue has done a tremendous job as an assistant to Jim over the past three years," Guenther said. "She is a bright, young coach who works very well with the student-athletes in our swimming and diving program. I expect the transition to be very smooth."