Ward Lambert

Ward Lambert

College coach infobox
Name = Ward "Piggy" Lambert

Caption =
DateOfBirth = May 28 1888
Birthplace = Deadwood, South Dakota
Sport = Basketball
College = Purdue University
Title = Head Coach
CurrentRecord =
OverallRecord = 371-152
Awards =
Championships = 1932 National Championship
11 Big Ten Championships
Player = Y
Years = 1909-1911
Team = Wabash College
Position = Guard
Coach = Y
CoachYears = 1916-1917
CoachTeams = Purdue
BBallHOF = 1960

Ward L. "Piggy" Lambert (b. May 28, 1888 in Deadwood, South Dakota, United States - d. January 20, 1958) was a well-known college men's basketball coach. He played basketball (in addition to baseball) at Crawfordsville High School and Wabash College, both under coach Ralph Jones, who himself would go on the coach Purdue. Despite his short 5'6" size, he led the team in scoring his sophomore year - leading to his nickname "Piggy" for hogging the ball. He graduated from Wabash College in 1911.

Lambert coached Purdue University (1916-17, 1918-46) to a 371-152 record in 29 seasons, including 11 Big Ten titles. His teams were noted for their speed and effective use of fast breaks, which he developed. Among his players were Charles "Stretch" Murphy and John Wooden. Lambert missed the 1917-18 season to serve in the Army during World War I. Meanwhile J. J. Maloney, an attorney from Crawfordsville, Indiana, filled in and guided the Boilermakers to an 11-5 record. Lambert's 1932 team were national champions, as determined by a panel vote rather than an NCAA Tournament which began in 1939. He coached 16 All-Americans and 31 first team All-Big Ten selections. Lambert Fieldhouse bears his name which once served as the facility for home basketball games.

Lambert wrote "Practical Basketball" in 1932, one of the first "bibles" of the game. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1960.

External links

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