The Brad Lambert File:
Brad Lambert is in his 10th season with the Deacons in 2010 and his third as defensive coordinator. Wake Forest's linebackers coach for his first six years, Lambert was promoted to defensive coordinator prior to spring practice in 2008. He will work with the defensive backs in 2010.
Lambert was the architect of one of the best defenses that Wake Forest ever fielded in 2008. The Deacons held opponents to just 296.7 total offense yards per game. It was the second-best effort by a Wake defense in 41 years.
Strongside linebacker Aaron Curry and cornerback Alphonso Smith each earned first team All-ACC honors and first team All-America honors. Under Lambert's tutelage, Curry blossomed into the Butkus Award winner as the nation's top linebacker and became a first-round NFL draft choice of the Seattle Seahawks.
Smith was the only consensus All-American in the ACC in 2008 and set the conference record with 21 career interceptions. Smith was drafted in the second round by the Denver Broncos.
Lambert also mentored middle linebacker Stanley Arnoux who was the second-fastest linebacker at the NFL Combine, finishing only behind teammate Curry. Arnoux was a fourth round pick of the New Orleans Saints in the 2009 NFL Draft.
The productivity of Lambert's linebackers were a key reason why Wake Forest limited its 2006 opponents to just 15.4 points per game to rank second in the ACC and 12th nationally. The Deacon defense was stingy against the run, giving up just 105.8 rushing yards per game, the third-best mark in Wake Forest history.
Lambert's brightest star of that team was Jon Abbate who earned first team All-ACC and honorable mention All-America status. Abbate became only the third player in ACC history to lead his team in tackles as a freshman, sophomore and a junior. Abbate also became the first Deacon to forego his senior season for the NFL Draft.
Under Lambert's guidance, some of the program's most exciting young talent began to emerge. A trio of redshirt freshmen, including Curry and Arnoux, showed a great deal of promise in 2005.
Curry, in particular, took the ACC by storm. His 7.5 tackles for loss ranked among the top freshmen nationally. He earned second team Freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News.
Despite having only one senior linebacker, Wake Forest limited opponents to just 133.5 rushing yards per game. That equaled the fourth-best rushing defense in Wake Forest history.
In 2004, Lambert coached Abbate to honorable mention All-ACC honors and runner-up for ACC Rookie of the Year.
While the rest of the football staff moved south from Athens, Ohio, to Wake Forest in 2001, Lambert headed north from Athens, Ga. to accept the position of coaching the Deacon linebackers. Lambert served as an assistant coach at the University of Georgia the previous five seasons.
Lambert held a variety of roles within Georgia's defensive system over his five years with the Bulldogs. In 2000, he coached the secondary after working with the linebackers, special teams and defensive ends in previous seasons.
Lambert guided cornerback Tim Wansley to All-SEC honors after he led the league in interceptions in 2000. That season the Bulldog defense broke a school record for interceptions for touchdowns. In 1999, Lambert coached two All-SEC linebackers -- Kendrell Bell and Orantes Grant.
UGA went to four straight postseason bowl games -- winning all four -- during Lambert's stint at Georgia.
Prior to his tenure at Georgia, Lambert coached six seasons at Marshall. In 1994, Lambert helped guide a defensive unit that led the conference and ranked 10th nationally in pass efficiency defense.
In 1991, Lambert facilitated the moving of Roger Johnson, a running back, to free safety where he went on to become the 1991 Southern Conference Defensive Freshman of the Year and later earned All-American status in 1993 and 1994. Under Lambert, Marshall defensive backs returned seven interceptions for touchdowns, twice for 100 yards.
Lambert began his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Oklahoma from 1988-89.
A 1987 graduate of Kansas State University, Lambert played four seasons for the Wildcats, earning academic All-Big Eight honors three times. He was a second team All-Big Eight selection in 1984.
Lambert, a native of Hoxie, Kan., is married to the former Angie Townson of Charleston, W.Va. They have three children -- daughter, Lucy, and sons, Layne and Beau.
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