BRITTON — D.J. Lutz, who led Britton-Deerfield to 29 wins and three playoff appearances in the last six seasons, has stepped down as the Patriots head football coach.
Lutz went 29-31 overall and 16-26 in TCC games.
“It’s been a great journey,” Lutz said. “It’s time for some new ideas and new energy with the team.”
The Patriots reached the playoffs in 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2012, the Patriots won two playoff games and won eight games, the most for BD since 2000. The 2013 squad upset Hudson in the first round of the Division 7 playoffs. State power Detroit Loyola eliminated BD in each of those three seasons.
The Patriots finished just 2-7 overall.
This past season, BD won its first two games, beating Lenawee Christian and Dundee, before injuries took its toll on the squad. Five different Patriots, for example, played quarterback during the season.
“The 2015 version of the Patriots will be very competitive with almost every position having a starter back,” Lutz said. “Tons of experience were gained by the sophomores and first-year junior starters.”
Lutz also stepped down as the BD baseball coach. The Patriots won a District title in his only season.
Lutz isn’t sure of his coaching plans at this point, saying that he plans to just “enjoy some family time.”