For­mer Wash­ing­ton coach Jim Lam­bright dies

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - T-D ALL-METRO INDOOR TRACK TEAM -

For­mer Wash­ing­ton coach Jim Lam­bright has died at age 77, the school said Sun­day. Mr. Lam­bright spent nearly four decades as­so­ci­ated with the Wash­ing­ton pro­gram as a player, as­sis­tant coach and head coach.

No cause of death was given. Mr. Lam­bright was ar­rested in 2014, and at that time his fam­ily said he was suf­fer­ing from de­men­tia and his con­di­tion was wors­en­ing.

Mr. Lam­bright’s as­so­ci­a­tion with Wash­ing­ton started in 1960 af­ter grad­u­at­ing from nearby Everett High School. He let­tered three sea­sons with the Huskies from 1962 to 1964, and earned all-Pa­cific Coast Con­fer­ence hon­ors in 1964 as a de­fen­sive end.

Mr. Lam­bright re­turned to Wash­ing­ton in 1969 to work on the coach­ing staff of Jim Owens. Mr. Lam­bright was re­tained by Don James when he ar­rived in 1975 and was pro­moted to de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor in 1978.

Mr. Lam­bright be­came the ar­chi­tect of some of the best de­fenses in the coun­try dur­ing his ten­ure as Wash­ing­ton’s de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor, high­lighted by the 1991 team that shared the na­tional ti­tle with Mi­ami.

He was pro­moted to head coach just be­fore the start of the 1993 sea­son af­ter James abruptly re­tired in the wake of sanc­tions placed on the school by the Pac-10.

Mr. Lam­bright was 44-25-1 as the Huskies’ coach and never had a los­ing record, but was fired fol­low­ing the 1998 sea­son. Wash­ing­ton’s best sea­son un­der Mr. Lam­bright came in 1995 when it shared the Pac-10 ti­tle but missed out on a trip to the Rose Bowl.

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