Bobby Lamb has resigned his position as Furman’s head football coach, effective tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon, director of athletics Gary Clark announced today.
“This is a tough day for Furman University and our football program,” said Clark in making the announcement. ~“As a player, assistant coach, and head coach, Bobby certainly played a role in the success Paladin football has enjoyed over the past three decades. ~He always represented Furman in a positive manner, and his players performed admirably on the field and graduated at a nationally high rate.”
“I am resigning my position as head football coach at my school tomorrow (Saturday),” said Lamb. “Since walking on this campus as a freshman in 1982, it has indeed been an honor beyond measure to play with the finest teammates and for a model head coach; work alongside coaches of impeccable character, integrity, and ability; and recruit and direct the most outstanding players, students, and young men any coach, at any level of this great sport, could possibly seek. I have been truly blessed, and for that I am eternally grateful.
“The last few years have been very difficult for me, for my staff, our families, our players, and the many loyal fans who love Furman football. We have not won as many games as we had certainly hoped to win, but it is not for lack of effort, especially those of our coaches and players. I am very proud of our accomplishments, both on and off the field, and the manner in which we attained them.
“Furman football has enjoyed many great moments, a number of which I have been fortunate to experience as a player, assistant coach, and head coach over the past 29 years. I’m confident that with new direction, supported by a renewed commitment to competitiveness and excellence from the university, Paladin football will again experience many more bright moments, which this great football program so richly deserves.”
Lamb, who will conclude his ninth season as head coach of the Paladin football program on Saturday when his Paladins play Georgia Southern, has compiled a 67-39 overall record and 43-24 Southern Conference mark during his head coaching tenure. ~He coached Furman to one league regular season championship (2004), for which he was named league coach of the year, and four NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoff appearances (2002, ‘04, ‘05, and ‘06). His 2005 squad was his best in terms of wins, notching an 11-3 record and semi-final finish in NCAA Football Championship Subdivision.
Over the past six years Furman’s football program posted the highest NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) and Graduation Success Rate (GSR) among SoCon schools competing for the league championship.
In terms of player recognition, during Lamb’s tenure Furman produced 15 All-Americans, 87 All-SoCon ~selections, including two Jacobs Blocking Award recipients and one player of the year, a pair of CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, and the 2006 NACDA National Scholar Athlete of the Year. ~In addition, 10 Paladins signed professional contracts, including three NFL Draft selections, over the past nine years.
Lamb’s Furman tenure spanned 29 seasons, dating from 1982 when he came to the university as a player out of Commerce, Ga. ~A four-year letterman and two-year starter, he twice earned All-SoCon honors as a quarterback and was a member of three SoCon championship teams. ~As a senior in 1985 he led the nation in passing efficiency and was named SoCon Player of the Year while helping Furman to a 12-2 campaign and national runner-up finish.
Following graduation in 1986, he remained at his alma mater as an assistant coach, serving first under Jimmy Satterfield (1986-93) and Bobby Johnson (1994-01) before being named Furman’s 21st head coach following the 2001 season.
A 1995 inductee into Furman’s Athletics Hall of Fame, he was a member of nine of university’s 12 Southern Conference championship teams in the capacity of player, assistant coach, or head coach.
“It is our intent to conduct a nationwide search for our next head football coach, added Clark, who did not announce a time frame or target date to fill the position.