Eugene Lambert (coach)

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Eugene Lambert
Sport(s) Basketball, football
Biographical details
Born (1905-10-23)October 23, 1905
Searcy, Arkansas, U.S.
Died October 27, 2000(2000-10-27) (aged 95)
Williamson, Texas, U.S.
Alma mater University of Arkansas
Playing career
1927–1928 Arkansas (Football)
1928–1929 Arkansas (Basketball)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1929–1930 Texarkana H.S.
1931–1932 Taylor H.S. (TX)
1933–1934 North Texas Agricultural
1935–1937 Kenyon
1938–1941 Arkansas (Assistant)
1942–1949 Arkansas
1951–1956 Memphis State
1956–1960 Alabama
1929–1930 Texarkana H.S.
1931–1932 Taylor H.S. (TX)
1933–1934 North Texas Agricultural
1935–1936 Kenyon
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1950 Arkansas A&M
1960–1966 Memphis State
Head coaching record
Overall Basketball: 264–170 (.608)
Football: 17–11–6 (.588)

Eugene Wasdon Lambert, Sr.[1] (October 23, 1905 – October 27, 2000) was a basketball and football coach as well as an athletic administrator.[2][3] He served as head basketball coach at North Texas Agricultural (now the University of Texas at Arlington), Kenyon, Arkansas, Memphis State and Alabama. He served as head tennis coach in 1957 at the University of Alabama, and head football coach at both North Texas Agricultural and Kenyon.

Coaching career[edit]

After he graduated from Arkansas, Lambert coached at both Texarkana and Taylor High Schools before taking his first collegiate coaching position at North Texas Agricultural College in 1933.[4] At North Texas, he coached both the basketball team and the football team which he led to an overall record of eleven wins, four losses and five ties (11–4–5). From North Texas, Lambert moved to Kenyon College where he again coached both the men's basketball and football teams. During his two-year tenure with the Lords, he led the basketball team to an overall record of 15 wins and 16 losses (15–16) and the football team to an overall record of six wins, seven losses and one tie (6–7–1).[5]

From Kenyon, Lambert returned to Arkansas as an assistant coach and became the head coach for the 1942 season. While with the Razorbacks, he led Arkansas to an overall record of 113 wins and 60 losses (113–60), two Southwest Conference championships and invitations to three and appearances in two NCAA Tournaments.[4] After he served for one year as the athletic director at Arkansas A&M, Lambert returned to the coaching ranks as the head coach at Memphis State.[4] While with the Tigers, he led Memphis State to an overall record of 87 wins and 45 losses (87–45) two appearances in two NCAA Tournaments.[6] In April 1956, Lambert was hired to serve as head coach at Alabama.[6] While with the Crimson Tide, he led Alabama to an overall record of 49 wins and 49 losses (49–49).[7] In 1957 Lambert also served as the head tennis coach for the Alabama Crimson Tide. He then resigned from Alabama in April 1960 to become athletic director at Memphis State.[7] He remained as the Tigers' athletic director through his resignation in 1966.[8]

Head coaching record[edit]


Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Kenyon Lords (Ohio Athletic Conference) (1935–1937)
1935–1936 Kenyon 7–11
1936–1937 Kenyon 8–5
Kenyon: 15–16
Arkansas Razorbacks (Southwest Conference) (1942–1949)
1942–1943 Arkansas 19–7 8–4 3rd
1943–1944 Arkansas 16–8 11–1 T-1st
1944–1945 Arkansas 17–9 9–3 2nd NCAA Final Four
1945–1946 Arkansas 16–7 9–3 2nd
1946–1947 Arkansas 14–10 8–4 T–2nd
1947–1948 Arkansas 16–8 8–4 3rd
1948–1949 Arkansas 15–11 9–3 T–1st NCAA Quarterfinals
Arkansas: 113–60 62–22
Memphis State Tigers (Independent) (1951–1956)
1951–1952 Memphis State 25–10
1952–1953 Memphis State 10–14
1953–1954 Memphis State 15–9
1954–1955 Memphis State 17–5 NCAA First Round
1955–1956 Memphis State 20–7 NCAA Quarterfinals
Memphis State: 87–45
Alabama Crimson Tide (Southeastern Conference) (1956–1960)
1956–1957 Alabama 15–11 7–7 7th
1957–1958 Alabama 17–9 9–5
1958–1959 Alabama 10–12 6–8 7th
1959–1960 Alabama 7–17 4–10 10th
Alabama: 49–49 26–30
Total: 264–170

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


Year Coach Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
North Texas Agricultural Aggies () (1933–1934)
North Texas Agricultural: 11–4–5
Kenyon Lords (Ohio Athletic Conference) (1935–1936)
1935 Kenyon 3–3–1 1–1–1 11th
1936 Kenyon 3–4 1–3 T–14th
Kenyon: 6–7–1 2–4–1
Total: 17–11–6


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  4. ^ a b c "Lambert will be inducted by the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame February 22". Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (LexisNexis). February 3, 1985. 
  5. ^ "Kenyon Results (1926–1941)". Kenyon College Athletics. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Dr. Gene Lambert new Tide mentor". The Florence Times (Google News Archives). April 19, 1956. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Land, Charles (April 22, 1960). "Lambert resigns post for Memphis State". The Tuscaloosa News (Google News Archives). Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Memphis State puts Murphy in dual role". The Florence Times (Google News Archives). June 10, 1966. Retrieved April 22, 2012.