There’s been a lot of heartbreak in the month of March, and in the year 2020 overall. Unfortunately, this awful month has taken yet another great sports person away from us.
According to The Columbian, former Washington football coach Jim Lambright has passed away at the age of 77. The school confirmed the news in statements from head coach Jimmy Lake and athletic director Jennifer Cohen.
“Coach Lambright was a legend at the UW, particularly when it came to playing the kind of physical, aggressive defense that his teams were known for,” Lake said. “He was always supportive of the program that he loved so much. His impact on Husky football will not be forgotten.”
Just heard about the passing of Jim Lambright. Had been battling dementia for a number of years. Jim was a friend, coach, father, husband, teacher and leader. The epitome of a purple blooded Husky. I’ll miss him. Condolences to his family from all of Husky Nation.
— Dave “Softy” Mahler (@Softykjr) March 29, 2020
Lambright graduated from the University of Washington in 1964 after lettering as a defensive end. After a few years as an assistant coach in local community colleges, Lambright was hired by Jim Owens as an assistant at his alma mater in 1966.
He was kept on staff when Don James was hired in 1975, and promoted to defensive coordinator in 1978. Lambright would serve in that role for a decade in a half until James’ resignation in 1992.
The longtime assistant and Huskies alum would take over as head coach the following season, and had six successful seasons at the helm.
Lambright went 44-25-1 as Washington’s head coach and never had a losing season. His Huskies were co-Pac-10 champions in 1995, and went 9-3 with a No. 16 postseason ranking in 1996.
UW confirms. Jim Lambright, former UW head coach and architect of the famed Don James-era defenses, has died at 77. https://t.co/xTbPS0zhTX
— Christian Caple (@ChristianCaple) March 29, 2020
Our hearts go out to coach Jim Lambright’s family and loved ones.