Andy Lambert is entering his ninth season as the head coach of the Sterling College Warrior football program and his sixteenth as a head coach. Lambert has an overall record of 76-78.
In his eight seasons at Sterling, Lambert has gone 46-35, leading the Warriors to top three finishes in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) during five of those seasons. While at Sterling, Lambert has won KCAC Coach of the Year in both 2004 and 2007.
Sterling College took a big drop in 2011 after seven consecutive years of finishing at or above 0.500 and went 1-10. Even though the Warriors struggled with results, the defensive was stellar. The Sterling defense finished in the top 25 in the NAIA in four statistical categories under Lambert. SC ranked fourth in defensive pass efficiency, fifth in pass defense per game, 12th in scoring defense per game, and 22nd in total defense per game. Mike Talton was named to the BSN All-America Team for his performance under Lambert.The 2010 season saw Sterling improve to a 7-3 record and a third place finish in the KCAC. Defense was the strength of this Warrior team as Lambert’s squad led the KCAC and was 17th nationally in scoring defense with 18.6 points per game. Offensively, the Warriors ranked second in the KCAC in rushing offense by racking up 2031 yards on the ground in the season, an average of 203.1 yards per game.
In 2009, the Warriors finished the season with an overall record of 6-4 and finished fourth in the KCAC. During that season, the Warriors led the KCAC in scoring defense. The Warrior defense only gave up 17.3 points per game. On offense, the Warriors ranked second in the KCAC in rushing offense. Offensively, Sterling was able to gain 173.7 yards per game on the ground.
Sterling College tied for second in the KCAC during the 2008 season with a conference record of 7-2 and an overall record of 7-3. In 2008, the Warriors ranked fourth nationally in rushing defense per game with 72.3 yards and had a stellar special teams unit that ranked sixth nationally in kick-off return yards per attempt and tenth nationally in punt return yards per attempt. Defensively, the Warriors ranked second in the KCAC in total defense per game giving up only 274.8 yards per game. On the offensive side of the ball, Sterling ranked second in the KCAC in rushing offense per game with an average of 221.2 yards per game.
During his fourth season at Sterling College, Lambert’s 2007 squad finished third in the conference with a 7-2 KCAC record, 8-2 overall and Lambert earned KCAC Coach of the Year honors. A big key to Sterling’s success was turnover margin. The Warriors led the nation in turnover margin per game at 1.9. Offensively, Sterling led the KCAC and was eighth nationally in rushing offense per game, averaging 204.5 yards on the ground. On the defensive side of the ball, Sterling gave up only 17.6 points per game which was third in the KCAC. In 2007, Joey Gilsdorf was named a First Team All-American by the NAIA, the first player in Sterling history to earn that honor.
The 2006 Sterling College Warriors finished the KCAC season in third place with a 7-2 conference record, 7-3 overall. On offense in 2006, Sterling ranked second in the KCAC in scoring offense per game by averaging 25.7 points per game. The Warriors had just as strong of a season defensively, giving up only 12.7 points per game which was second in the KCAC for scoring defense.
A fourth place finish in the KCAC was the result of Lambert’s Warriors in his second season at Sterling College. The 2005 Warriors finished the season with a 5-4 record. This Warrior squad was very good at rushing the football and was ranked fifth nationally in rushing offense with 245.2 yards per game. Sterling also had the 21st ranked defense in the nation, giving up only 299.3 yards per game.
In his inaugural season at Sterling College, Lambert finished third in the conference with a 5-4 KCAC record, 5-5 overall after two consecutive 0-10 seasons prior to his arrival at SC. The quick turnaround earned Lambert the 2004 KCAC Coach of the Year. The ground game was a major strength for this Warrior team that had the third ranked rushing offense in the nation averaging 267.8 rushing yards per game. On the defensive side of the ball, this team gave up only an average of 23.0 points per game.
Prior to coming to Sterling, Lambert served as head football coach at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. Lambert was the head coach at Trinity for seven years, but he was associated with TIU football as both a player and coach for fifteen years. During his last three seasons at Trinity, Lambert led the Trojans to an overall record of 22-11. During his final year at Trinity, Lambert’s squad finished with an overall record of 8-3 and 19th national ranking in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The Trojans were also Mid-States West co-conference champions in 2003.
Lambert was named Mid-States West “Coach of the Year” in both 2003 & 2001.
A native of Smith Center, Kansas, Lambert played football for legendary high school coach Roger Barta at Smith Center High School. After graduating from Smith Center High School, Lambert played wide receiver at Dodge City Community College in Dodge City, Kansas.
From Dodge City Community College, Lambert transferred to Trinity International University where he played receiver during his junior and senior seasons.
Andy and his wife Betsy have four daughters: Hannah, Lydia, Emma, and Sylvia.
Lambert holds a master’s degree in education from Chicago State University and a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Trinity International University.
Smith Center H.S. - Smith Center, Kansas
Trinity International University, Deerfield, Illinois
B.S. - Physical Education Chicago State University- Chicago, Illinois
M.S. - Physical Education COLLEGIATE PLAYING EXPERIENCE
Dodge City Community College
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