Wake Forest defensive coordinator Brad Lambert is the Charlotte 49ers first head football coach. He will get to work immediately, assembling his staff and recruiting players for the club’s inaugural game in 2013.
The announcement of his hiring was made by Chancellor Philip Dubois and Director of Athletics Judy Rose at a press conference on Tuesday, March 1. Lambert was joined by his family and several of his former players.
“Brad is, first and foremost, a man of integrity,” Dubois said. “Not counting his playing days, he has more than 23 years of experience at the coaching level in four excellent Division I programs.”
“I have absolutely no doubt that we got the right fit for Charlotte,” said Rose. “I know after spending as much time with Brad as I have, that he’s a builder. He makes players better – and I see him doing the same thing in building our program at Charlotte.”
Lambert, 46, has been at Wake Forest since 2001 under Deacons coach Jim Grobe. He has been Wake’s defensive coordinator since 2008.
– Philip Dubois, UNC Charlotte Chancellor
“The biggest thing for me was once I got involved in the process, I saw the vision and commitment and the excitement that there is here for football,” he said. “They have great plans in place and it lines up with the vision I have.”
Lambert was the linebackers coach on Wake Forest’s 2006 ACC Championship team and was a part of four bowl game appearances, including three straight from 2006-2008. In 2008, he coached Butkus Award winner Aaron Curry, one of the players who attended the news conference.
“Character, integrity, toughness. That’s how we did it under coach Grobe and that’s how we will do it here,” Lambert said. “We’re going to be a tough football team that’s really disciplined.”