HEAD COACH ANDY LAMBERT
Lambert heads into his third season at the helm. During the 2016 season he coached the Crimson Storm to a 2-9 record with wins coming over Arkansas-Monticello and Oklahoma Baptist. He doubled that in 2017 by going 4-7. It is the best record in school history since joining NCAA Division II.
Prior to arriving at Southern Nazarene the Smith Center, Kansas, native spent the past 12 seasons at Sterling College in Sterling, Kansas. He helped the Warriors compile a 72-51 record and finished inside the top three in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference in eight of those years. He was named the KCAC Coach of the Year in 2004, 2007 and 2013. Lambert led Sterling to the program's first KCAC Championship in 2013 and the next year became the winningest coach in program history. He also recorded his 100th career win this past season.
He brings to Bethany a career record of 102-96 as he spent seven years at his alma mater Trinity International University (Ill.) where he went 30-45. He was 22-12 over his final three seasons at TIU and led the Trojans to an 8-3 record and No. 19 ranking in the NAIA in his final season. He was the 2001 and 2003 Mid-States West Coach of the Year as TIU was the Mid-States West Co-Champion in 2003. He also led TIU to the NCCAA Victory Bowl in 2001.
Lambert has a built a reputation of turning programs around. Sterling was in last place in its conference the year before Lambert arrived. Sterling did not record a win in the 2002 and 2003 seasons and Lambert went 5-5 in his first year at Sterling. The Warriors won nine games in the 2013 season and reached the NAIA Championship Series for the first time in school history.
While at Sterling, the Warriors garnered several awards that included the 2007 and 2014 KCAC Offensive Player of the Year, the 2013 and 2015 KCAC special Teams Player of the Year and NAIA All-Americans in the 2007 and 2013 seasons. That 2013 team also led the KCAC with 18 Conference Scholar-Athletes and six NAIA-Daktronics Scholar Athlete honorees.
Lambert also served as the Director of Athletics at Sterling from 2005-11. He directed day-to-day operations and oversaw a $1.5-million renovation of the football stadium and track.
Lambert earned a bachelor's in physical education from Trinity International in 1991 and earned a master's in physical education from Chicago State in 1996. He and his wife Betsy have four daughters; Hannah, Lydia, Emma, and Sylvia.