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Warren Lutes (right) accepts the award from NYSCTC.
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Warren Lutes Receives NYSCTC Service Award
The New York State Collegiate Track Conference (NYSCTC) has announced its Annual Service Award and Rensselaer Assistant Track & Field Coach Warren Lutes has been chosen as this year’s recipient. Lutes is a long-time member of the Rensselaer athletic department who has served as the head men’s and women’s track & field coach, an assistant, and an administrator.

A native of Moncton, New Brunswick, Lutes started his career at Rensselaer in 1961, taking on the role of head coach of the men’s cross country and track & field teams. His track & field teams saw extraordinary success during his first eight seasons, posting a 43-17 record, including undefeated seasons in 1964 and 1967.

Lutes left Rensselaer for the 1967-68 season, but returned the next year, taking on the additional role of athletic director. He served as a coach and administrator for the athletics department until resigning in 1971. He returned to Rensselaer in 1988, again serving as head cross country and track & field coach. Lutes retired as head coach from both teams in 2001 but stayed on as an assistant coach for the track program.

Under his direction as the head coach over 13 years from 1988 to 2001, the Engineers achieved a number of accolades both as a team and individually. Lutes coached his squads to eight league titles, including three indoor and seven outdoor as well as one in women’s cross country. His teams won both the ECAC and NYSCTC Indoor Championships in 1997 and 2000, respectively.

He was named the Coach of the Year by the UCAA for both indoor and outdoor, along with NCAA Atlantic Region Indoor Coach of the Year, during the 2000 season.

Lutes mentored a number of individuals who earned league and state Performer of the Year awards. Additionally, 15 student-athletes garnered National All-American honors during his tenure, highlighted by five-time All-American Krishaun Gilmore, who won the national title in the 55-meter dash at the 1997 NCAA Indoor Championships.

A 1957 graduate of Springfield College, Lutes was a member of the hockey and track & field teams. A 440 runner, he also served as a co-captain on the track team during his collegiate career. He later earned his master’s degree from Springfield in 1961 before joining the Rensselaer staff.
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