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October 12, 1999

PSC Men's Soccer to honor former coach Gerd Lutter

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - One of the most successful coaches in Plymouth State College history will be recognized this Saturday at the men's soccer game for his contributions to Panther Athletics and for his induction into the PSC Athletic Hall of Fame.

Gerd Lutter, who guided the Panther men's soccer team for 23 seasons from 1969-91, will be honored Saturday (Oct. 16) at halftime of PSC's Homecoming game against Rhode Island College, which begins at 3 p.m. at Panther Field. Joining in the ceremony will be PSC President Don Wharton, Athletic Director Steve Bamford, Athletic Hall of Fame Committee Chairman Peter Cofran, and current PSC head men's soccer coach Shawn Griffin.

Lutter is being recognized publicly this Saturday, since he will be unable to attend PSC Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremonies when they are held at the Hartman Union Building on Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999. Lutter is one of seven new members who will be inducted on that day.

A long-time instructor in PSC's Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department, Lutter led PSC to 21 straight winning seasons and an overall record of 253-73-42. He helped the Panthers qualify for the post-season 15 times in 17 years from 1973-89. Lutter guided PSC to 12 NCAA Tournament berths and three ECAC Tournaments, and his 1983 team advanced to the Division III National semi-final.

Lutter was the first Little East Conference Coach of the Year in 1989. He has coached several PSC Hall of Famers, including Steve Clark, the school's all-time leading scorer who finished second in the 1983 Herman Award Voting. While Lutter made his mark coaching soccer, he also served stints at PSC as men's basketball and track coach.

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