Former Washington coach Jim Lambright dies
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.