Brad Lambert

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Brad Lambert
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Charlotte
Conference C-USA
Record 16–30
Annual salary $600,000[1]
Biographical details
Born (1965-01-14) January 14, 1965 (age 52)
Hoxie, Kansas
Playing career
1983–1986 Kansas State
Position(s) Defensive back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1988–1989 Oklahoma (GA)
1990–1995 Marshall (assistant)
1996–1999 Georgia (Assistant)
2000 Georgia (DB)
2001–2007 Wake Forest (Assistant)
2008–2010 Wake Forest (DC/DB)
2011–present Charlotte
Head coaching record
Overall 16–30

Brad Lambert (born January 14, 1965) is an American college football coach and the current head coach of the Charlotte 49ers; who began play in the Football Championship Subdivision of Division I in 2013, and moved up to the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2015, when the program joined the rest of the 49ers' sports in programs in Conference USA.

Playing career[edit]

Kansas State[edit]

Lambert played defensive back for the Kansas State Wildcats, lettering for four straight seasons and graduating in 1987. He earned second-team all-Big Eight honors his freshman season. He also was an all-Big Eight Academic choice from 1984 to 1986.[2]

Coaching career[edit]


Lambert began his coaching career as a graduate assistant with the Oklahoma Sooners.


His first assistant coaching position was under head coach Jim Donnan with the Marshall Thundering Herd from 1990 to 1995. While at Marshall, Lambert participated in four NCAA Division I Football Championship Games with Marshall winning the 1992 NCAA Division I Football Championship.[2][3]


He continued to work for Coach Donnan when the latter became head coach for the Georgia Bulldogs, coaching there from 1996 to 2000. At Georgia Lambert coached in the 1998 Outback Bowl, the 1998 Peach Bowl, the 2000 Outback Bowl and the 2000 Oahu Bowl. Georgia compiled a 40–19 record during Lambert's time with the Bulldogs.[2][3]

Wake Forest[edit]

After the 2000 football season Lambert accepted the Linebacker's Coaching position under Head Coach Jim Grobe with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. In 2007 Lambert was promoted to Defensive Coordinator for the Demon Deacons. At Wake Forest Lambert was part of the 2006 ACC Championship Game team. He coached 2008 Butkus Award winner Aaron Curry, who now serves as an assistant for him at Charlotte.[2][3][4]


Lambert was hired to be the first head football coach for the Charlotte 49ers on March 1, 2011[5][6] In his first game Lambert led the 49ers to a decisive 52–7 victory at home over the Campbell Fighting Camels.[7] Lambert lead the 49ers to a 5–6 record in their inaugural season, including a win over their first ranked opponent.[8] On September 4, 2015, Lambert led the 49ers to their first FBS victory, over the Georgia State Panthers.[9]


Lambert is married and has three children.[2]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Charlotte 49ers (NCAA Division I FCS independent) (2013–2014)
2013 Charlotte 5–6
2014 Charlotte 5–6
Charlotte 49ers (Conference USA) (2015–present)
2015 Charlotte 2–10 0–8 7th (East)
2016 Charlotte 4–8 3–5 5th (East)
Charlotte: 16–30 3–13
Total: 16–30
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title


  1. ^ "NCAA Salaries NCAAF Coaches 2015". USAToday. October 8, 2015. Retrieved October 8, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Brad Lambert, Head Coach, Charlotte 49ers". 
  3. ^ a b c "Brad Lambert, Defensive Coordinator, Wake Forest Demon Deacons". 
  4. ^ "49ers football promotes Johnson Richardson to assistant coach, adds Aaron Curry". UNC Charlotte. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  5. ^ Scott, David (March 1, 2011). "49ers get their football coach". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved March 2, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Brad Lambert hired at Charlotte". Associated Press. March 1, 2011. Retrieved March 2, 2011. 
  7. ^ Charlotte 49ers pummel Campbell in football opener, 52- Archived October 30, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. 7
  8. ^ "CharlotteFBSeasonStats" (PDF). Charlotte Athletics. November 9, 2013. Retrieved November 11, 2013. 
  9. ^ "49ers Capture Historic Win in FBS Debut". Charlotte 49ers. September 4, 2013. Retrieved September 8, 2013.