Eugene Lambert

Eugene Lambert (1905-2000)

Teams coached: Kenyon Lords, Arkansas Razorbacks, Memphis State Tigers, Alabama Crimson Tide
Kenyon record^: 15-16 (.484)
Arkansas record: 113-60 (.653)
Memphis State record: 87-45 (.659)
Alabama record: 49-49 (.500)
Overall record^: 264-170 (.608)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  4  (1945, 1949, 1955, 1956)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four:  1  (1945)
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • Southwest Regular Season Champion:  2  (1944, 1949)
  • NAIA Tournament Appearances:  1  (1952)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1956-1960 Alabama
1951-1956 Memphis State
1942-1949 Arkansas
1938-1942 Arkansas (asst)
1935-1937 Kenyon
1933-1934 North Texas Agricultural

Eugene Lambert Facts

  • Eugene Wasdon Lambert Sr.
  • Born October 23, 1905
  • Died October 27, 2000
  • Hometown: Searcy, Arkansas
  • Alma Mater: University of Arkansas (BA, 1929)
  • Played for both football and basketball for head coach Francis Schmidt at Arkansas
  • Started his coaching career with stints at Texarkana HS (AR) and Taylor HS (TX)
  • Hired at North Texas Agricultural in 1933, coaching there for one year (program now a part of UT-Arlington)
    • Also coached the football team to a 11-4-5 record over two seasons
  • Spent two seasons each as head football and basketball coach at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio
    • Went 15-16 with the basketball program and 6-7-1 on the gridiron
  • Returned to alma mater Arkansas in 1938, spending four years as an assistant under Glen Rose
    • Became the Razorbacks head coach in 1942, going 113-60 over seven seasons
    • Was also the school’s athletic director from 1942-44
    • Led the program to the NCAA Final Four in 1945 and won two Southwest titles
  • Left coaching briefly to spend a year as the athletic director at Alabama A&M
  • Hired at Memphis State in 1951, going 87-45 over five seasons as Tigers’ head coach
    • Went to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments, the first two berths in program history
  • Final coaching role was a four-year stint at Alabama, during which the Tide went 49-49
  • Returned to Memphis State in 1960, spending the next six years as the school’s athletic director
  • Inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor (c/o 1996) and Memphis “M Club” Hall of Fame (c/o 1998)

Eugene Lambert Coaching Tree

  • Presley Askew (New Mexico A&M/State, Arkansas)
  • Hayden Riley (Alabama)
  • Norm Sloan (Florida, NC State, The Citadel)

 

^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I and Division III levels only