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Jim Lambright
Biographical details
Born (1942-04-26) April 26, 1942 (age 79)
Everett, Washington, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Washington
Playing career
Position(s)Defensive end
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Fife HS (WA) (assistant)
Shoreline CC (assistant)
Washington (assistant)
Washington (DC)
Head coaching record
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
1 Pac-10

James "Jim" Lambright (born April 26, 1942) is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at the University of Washington for six seasons from 1993 to 1998, compiling a record of 44–25–1.[1] Prior to becoming head coach, Lambright served as an assistant on the Huskies coaching staff for 24 seasons.

Early years and playing career

Lambright was born and raised in Everett, Washington, the son of a fisherman. He played high school football for head coach Jim Ennis at Everett High School, graduating in 1960. Lambright earned a scholarship to the University of Washington in Seattle, where he lettered as an undersized defensive end for head coach Jim Owens, earning all-conference and All-Coast honors as a senior for the Huskies in 1964.

Coaching career

Following graduation, Lambright was an assistant coach at Fife High School for a season in 1965 and then at Shoreline Community College. In 1969, Jim Owens hired him as an assistant coach on the Huskies' staff. New head coach Don James retained him in 1975 and Lambright became the team's defensive coordinator in 1977 and assistant head coach in 1987.

Lambright was an assistant coach for the Huskies for 24 seasons when he was elevated to head coach in late August 1993, following James' sudden resignation in protest of sanctions against the program from the NCAA and Pac-10 Conference. Lambright's initial contract as head coach was a four-year deal with a base salary of $150,000; he was earning $95,400 as James' chief assistant.[2]

After six seasons as head coach, Lambright was relieved of his duties by athletic director Barbara Hedges and was replaced by Rick Neuheisel in January 1999.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Washington Huskies (Pacific-10 Conference) (1993–1998)
1993 Washington 7–4 5–3 4th
1994 Washington 7–4 4–4 5th
1995 Washington 7–4–1 6–1–1 T–1st L Sun
1996 Washington 9–3 7–1 2nd L Holiday 15 16
1997 Washington 8–4 5–3 4th W Aloha 18 18
1998 Washington 6–6 4–4 T–5th L Oahu
Washington: 44–25–1 31–16–1
Total: 44–25–1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


  1. - Jim Lambright
  2. Spokesman-Review - Lambright's 4-year contract delivers pay raise of $54,600 - Associated Press - 1993-08-27 - p.C3

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