Landon boys’ basketball coach Andy Luther resigns


Andy Luther, left, led the Bears to a pair of IAC titles during his eight seasons, but the team went winless in the conference this winter. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

After eight seasons and two Interstate Athletic Conference titles, Landon School basketball coach Andy Luther resigned as head coach earlier this month.

The Bethesda private school has struggled recently with just 18 wins combined over the past three seasons, including a 2-18 campaign this year, which saw the Bears go winless against IAC competition.

“Now is the time our program needs to make a little change,” Luther said. “As a school, it’s the right time. A year from now if we were to struggle it will be really rough for the program.”

Luther, 42, took over the Bears program in 2007 and the squad finished 6-17. But he quickly turned the program around and led them to back-to-back 18-win seasons and IAC titles in 2009 and 2010.

He coached 2009 first-team All-Met Christian Webster (Harvard), two-time All-Met Joe McDonald (George Washington), 2011 third-team All-Met Darion Atkins (Virginia), and 2010 honorable mention selection Danny Rubin (Boston College) during his tenure.

The Bears return eight players from last season’s team including sophomore leading-scorer Keith Simms (10.2 points per game).

“I think the competitiveness in me wanted to see what we could accomplish with these players,” Luther said. “I’m going to miss getting better every day and working hard with the players. But I’m still going to be connected with alumni and follow their careers after Landon.”

Although he is relinquishing his varsity basketball duties, Luther said he will continue to be the assistant director of college counseling at Landon, teach Latin and coach golf. He will remain the head coach of the school’s eighth-grade basketball program.

“There’s great talent in the middle school and our varsity guys have a bright future as well.” Luther said. “We’ve had two bad years but lots of really strong years.”

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