Brad Lambert, who has been Charlotte Football’s only head coach, will coach his final game with the Niners against FAU next week. Athletic Director Mike Hill announced this afternoon that Charlotte will be parting ways with Lambert.
“It is a decision I made after an opportunity to assess my first football season here. It’s about the trajectory of the program and putting us in the best position for the future,” said Hill.
Although Lambert began as the program’s first head coach, he won only 21 of 69 games in his six years on the sidelines at both the FCS and FBS levels, seeing a 1-11 record in the 2017 season.
It can’t be known for sure whether a bowl game would have solidified another year for the head coach or not, but the 2018 season alone certainly was not enough.
Following the loss to FIU on senior day, a game that could have put Charlotte on track to be bowl game eligible, Lambert was clearly disappointed for his team.
“It’s always a tough locker room when you’ve got to look those seniors in the eye and we didn’t get to where we wanted to go, so it’s tough,” said Lambert. “It hurts so bad when you don’t get it for them because you know what kind of people they are.”
For Lambert, this applies to more than just the loss to FIU. Chancellor Philip Dubois and Hill will begin the search for a new head coach immediately and Lambert will see his last game as 49er head coach on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 6 p.m.
“We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Coach Lambert for the foundation he established, the culture that he built and the student-athletes he brought into our program,” said Hill. “Like many of his players, he took a tremendous leap of faith when he took on the challenge of building our program. Our program is on solid ground thanks, in large part, to the love and effort he consistently put into developing our student-athletes.”
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