Bobby Lamb (American football)

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Bobby Lamb
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Mercer
Conference SoCon
Record 26–19
Biographical details
Born (1962-12-24) December 24, 1962 (age 54)
Augusta, Georgia
Playing career
1982–1985 Furman
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1986–2001 Furman (assistant)
2002–2010 Furman
2013–present Mercer
Head coaching record
Overall 93–59
Tournaments 3–4 (NCAA D-I-AA/FCS playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
1 SoCon (2004)
SoCon Coach of the Year (2004)

Robert Emory "Bobby" Lamb (born December 24, 1962)[1] is an American college football coach and former player. He is the head football coach at Mercer University, a position he assumed in 2011 when Mercer reinstated their football program after a 70-year hiatus. The Mercer Bears football program resumed play in 2013. Lamb served as the head football coach at the Furman University from 2002 until his resignation in 2010.

Playing career[edit]

Lamb attended Commerce High School in Commerce, Georgia, from 1978 to 1981, 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 to 1985, where he was a two-year starter. During Lamb's playing career the Paladins defeated three NCAA Division I-A teams: South Carolina (1982), Georgia Tech (1983), and NC State (1984 and 1985). In 1985 Lamb led the Paladins to the Southern Conference Championship and was named Southern Conference Player of the Year. Furman finished the season as runners-up for the NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship, losing the title game to Georgia Southern.[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 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship. He became the quarterbacks coach in 1989, a position filled until taking over head coaching duties in 2002. In November 2010, he announced he was resigning at Furman after his teams had missed the playoffs four straight years.

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


Lamb has a brother, Hal, who is the head football coach and athletic director at Calhoun High School in Calhoun, Georgia. Lamb is active in bringing about public awareness of shoulder Cleidocranial dysplasia.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs TSN# USA/ESPN°
Furman Paladins (Southern Conference) (2002–2010)
2002 Furman 8–4 6–2 2nd L NCAA Division I-AA First Round 9 9
2003 Furman 6–5 4–4 4th
2004 Furman 10–3 6–1 T–1st L NCAA Division I-AA Quarterfinal 5 5
2005 Furman 11–3 5–2 T–2nd L NCAA Division I-AA Semifinal 3 3
2006 Furman 8–4 6–1 2nd L NCAA Division I 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
2015 Mercer 5–6 2–5 T–6th
2016 Mercer 6–5 4–4 5th
Mercer: 27–19 13–17
Total: 94–59
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title


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

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