Bobby Lamb (American football)

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Bobby Lamb
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Mercer
Record 16–8
Biographical details
Born (1962-12-24) December 24, 1962 (age 52)
Augusta, Georgia
Playing career
1982–1985 Furman
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Furman (assistant)
Head coaching record
Overall 83–48
Accomplishments and honors
1 SoCon (2004)
SoCon Coach of the Year (2004)

Robert Emory "Bobby" Lamb (born December 24, 1962)[1] is the head football coach of the Mercer University football team and the former head football coach of the Furman Paladins located in Greenville, South Carolina. He has filled the position since 2002. He resigned as coach in November 2010. The Paladins compete in the Football Championship Subdivision of Division I as members of the Southern Conference. Coach Lamb has a brother, Hal Lamb, that is an extremely successful Georgia High School football head coach and Athletic Director at Calhoun High School in Calhoun, Georgia.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Lamb attended Commerce High School in Commerce, Georgia, from 1978–81, where he played quarterback. He led the team to the 1981 AA State Championship and was named The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's AA Back of the Year.[1] Lamb played quarterback for the Paladins, from 1982–85, where he was a two year starter. During Lamb's playing career the Paladins defeated three Division I-A teams: South Carolina (1982), Georgia Tech (1983), and NC State (1984 & 1985). In 1985 Lamb led the Paladins to the Southern Conference Championship, was named Southern Conference Player of the Year, and was a runner-up for the Division I-AA National Championship.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Lamb began coaching as an assistant for the Paladins in 1986 and was the defensive ends coach on the 1988 team that won the I-AA National Championship. He became the quarterbacks coach in 1989, a position he would fill until taking over head coaching duties in 2002. In November 2010, he announced he was resigning at Furman after missing the playoffs 4 straight years.

On January 20, 2011, it was announced that Lamb will be the first modern head football coach for Mercer University, which will begin playing football in 2013 after the sport's 70-year absence from campus.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Furman Paladins (Southern Conference) (2002–2010)
2002 Furman 8–4 6–2 2nd L I-AA First Round 9
2003 Furman 6–5 4–4 4th
2004 Furman 10–3 6–1 T–1st L I-AA Quarterfinals 5
2005 Furman 11–3 5–2 T–2nd L I-AA Semifinals 3
2006 Furman 8–4 6–1 2nd L FCS First Round 12
2007 Furman 6–5 4–3 T–3rd
2008 Furman 7–5 4–4 3rd
2009 Furman 6–5 5–3 3rd
2010 Furman 5–6 3–5 6th
Furman: 67–40 43–25
Mercer Bears (Pioneer Football League) (2013)
2013 Mercer 10–2 6–2 3rd
Mercer Bears (Southern Conference) (2014–present)
2014 Mercer 6–6 1–6 T-7th
Mercer: 16–8 7–8
Total: 83–48
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title


  1. ^ a b c Hunter Reid. 2008 Furman Football Media Guide (PDF). Furman Athletics. pp. 47–48. 
  2. ^ Calhoun High School (Georgia)

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