Softball Names Mark Lambert as Associate Head Coach
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
SHREVEPORT-Centenary Director of Athletics, Dr. Tom Tallach, has recently announced the hiring of Mark Lambert as the Associate Head Coach of the Centenary Ladies' softball team, effective immediately.

In addition to assisting with on-field coaching, Lambert will manage the ladies' strength and conditioning program and serve as recruiting coordinator.  Following this season, which head Coach Mark Montgomery has decided will be his last, Lambert will take over as head coach as the program moves towards NCAA Division III.

"I'm pleased that Mark Lambert has decided to join the staff and tackle this challenge," said Tallach. 

"Centenary is extremely proud of what Coach Montgomery and the Ladies softball team has been able to accomplish over the past several years.  We have high expectations for this year and for the years to come."

"When Mark [Montgomery] shared with me that this would be his last season at Centenary, this is exactly how I hoped we would be able to manage the change.  This type of arrangement, sometimes called "head coach in waiting", is becoming more and more common in intercollegiate athletics because of how important recruiting is. We've got an extra element to deal with because of the transition to Division III but the concept is really the same.  I see it as a great opportunity to help make the best of the present and the future," said Tallach.

Lambert comes to Centenary directly from Captain Shreve High School in Shreveport, where he served as the head coach for six years. Lambert strengthened the program and guided his team to the playoffs in four of his six seasons as the head coach.

With 11 years of fastpitch softball experience, Lambert is no stranger to the game. He has coached at Huntington High School in Shreveport, leading his team to the state championships as well as beginning a program at Youree Drive Middle School.

Lambert has also played a huge role in developing competitive softball in the community, starting Extreme Fastpitch, a local travel ball team with ages ranging from 12 and under to 18 and under.

"I have been around for 42 years and I know this community really well. I am looking forward to the new move," said Lambert.

Lambert will assist with a striving and successful Ladies team that has never failed to make the Summit League tournament since Montgomery took over the program eight years ago. With a 32-23 record last season, Centenary will return eight players and welcome seven newcomers to this year's squad.

"My goal is to keep the program at a high level and continue to build on what Coach Montgomery has started during his eight seasons as the head coach," said Lambert.

The Ladies will open their season with their Spring Tournament on February 12 at 9:30 am against Houston Baptist.