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Charlotte lets head coach Lambert go

November 22, 2018

The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON - Charlotte 49ers head football coach Brad Lambert isn’t being retained after this season.

Lambert was the first head coach of a program that made its debut in 2013. He has a 21-48 record, including the inaugural first two years as an FCS Independent and four years in Conference USA.

The former Marshall University assistant is coaching the 49ers in their season finale Saturday at Florida Atlantic. Charlotte’s season record is 4-7 and the 49ers are 3-4 in conference games.

“We’ve decided to make a change in our football program,” said Charlotte athletic director Mike Hill in a release. “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. We elected to make this decision now so that we could begin the search immediately.”

Lambert had some historic moments in his six seasons including victories in the program’s first game and its first FBS game. In 2016, he became the first C-USA coach to defeat traditional league powers Southern Miss and Marshall on the road in the same season.

“We could not have found a better man than Brad Lambert to start our program and we appreciate all of Brad’s years of service in building a program with character and integrity,” said UNC Charlotte Chancellor Philip Dubois.

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