Sport: Football & Basketball
Bob Lutgen's Loras College career as a student-athlete typically began in late August and ran clear through until the middle of March. A two-sport star for the Duhawks in the early 1950's, Lutgen was regarded for his offense and defense both on the football field and the on basketball floor and also earned a reputation for late game contributions in both sports.
Bob began his football career (without any formal experience as a football player during his prep days) as a linebacker but was converted to the fullback position for his final two seasons. He averaged 4.5 yards per rush in his senior season and found the end zone five times. Lutgen helped the Duhawks claim the Victory Bell during the 1953 season on the football field with a fourth quarter touchdown against St. Ambrose.
He was a force in the backcourt on the basketball court, widely regarding for his playmaking abilities on offense and relentless defense and efforts rebounding the basketball. He was one of three freshmen on the 23-7 hoops squad that made the trip to Albany, New York for the National Catholic Invitational Tournament.
Bob graduated from Loras with a degree in Philosophy in 1954. He also contributed to the track & field, golf, and tennis teams for one season each. Additionally, Lutgen represented the senior class in the student government as a senator. He is now retired after working his way up the Human Resources world and most recently worked as a Vice President with DeVry University in Chicago. He resides in Lincolnshire, Illinois with his wife Jacqueline. Bob is a native of Waterloo, Iowa (Our Lady of Victory Academy) and has three children, Kimberly (Ermel), Robert Jr., and Stephanie (Pesmen).