Former UW head coach faces assault charge

Jun 25, 2014

Sheriff’s deputies arrested former University of Washington football coach Jim Lambright last week on suspicion of assaulting a granddaughter.

According to a report by Deputy D. Bennett, he and another officer were on patrol at about 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18, when they received a dispatch alert that an assault had allegedly occurred at a home on the 16600 block of 57th Ave. SE in Snohomish.

A caller had said the grandfather had assaulted a family member. The report stated that the grandfather would be outside the home when they arrived.

Upon the deputies’ arrival at a large ranch-style house, they encountered three females in the driveway, Bennett said. An elderly man, later identified as Lambright, stood about 20 feet away.

Deputy Ter Veen approached the females, while Bennett talked with Lambright.

Lambright, 72, said he had two sons inside the house and that his granddaughters often stopped by to see their parents.

Lambright said he was “sick of their attitude” and asked a granddaughter to leave, Bennett said in his report.

When she refused, Lambright said he grabbed her by the arms to force her out of the home. He said she wasn’t harmed, and he didn’t understand why police had been called.

The granddaughter, however, said Lambright had “suddenly exploded on her.” She said he grabbed her by the arms and pulled her down to the kitchen floor, then tried to drag her out of the house clutching her right ankle, Bennett reported.

She said he managed to drag her about 5 feet before she broke free and ran outside to call 911.

Lambright’s wife Lynne and another female witnessed the alleged assault.

Married to Lambright for 34 years, Lynne told Bennett that her husband had “consistently pushed and shoved her over the course of their marriage.”

“Lynne stated that she is a truly battered wife, both physically and verbally,” Bennett said in his report. She said Lambright “suffered from dementia, and explosive disorder,” he said.

Witnesses all stated they felt threatened by the escalating level of aggression that Lambright allegedly was displaying.

Deputies arrested Lambright on Assault 4 DV and transported him to Snohomish County Jail; they also confiscated three firearms, Bennett said.

Lambright served as head coach at the University of Washington from 1993 to 1998, compiling a record of 44-25-1. He previously had served as an assistant for the Huskies for 24 seasons.

Born and raised in Everett, he played football at UW under head coach Jim Owens.

 

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