Lambert Takes Over Softball Program
Thursday, June 3, 2010
SHREVEPORT-After serving as Associate Head Coach during the 2010 season, Mark Lambert has now moved into the role of Head Coach of the Ladies softball program. Lambert will be the seventh head coach in Centenary softball history.

"I look forward to continuing the great softball tradition at Centenary, while working to make it even better and making it one of the top programs in the country," said Lambert.

"We were fortunate to be able to hire him in January and allow him to spend his first season as Associate Head Coach.  He has seen the competition in The Summit League and knows what to expect next season," said Tallach.

In his first season on the coaching staff, Lambert's duties included assisting with on-field instruction, managing the Ladies' strength and conditioning program as well as serving as the recruiting coordinator.

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.

"Mark's familiarity with the high school and club programs in this region gives us a solid recruiting foundation on which to build as we transition," said Tallach.  

"Beyond next year, the competition will be tough as well.  I think the ASC had five different softball teams break into the top 20 this season and ETBU won the national championship.  Mark Lambert knows that we are capable of that type of success here."

"My ultimate goal is to build a program around hard work and consistency to make this program successful every year. If you take care of the little things every day the rewards will come," said Lambert.

Lambert and his wife, Tina, reside in Shreveport with children, Teighlor, Tori and John Mark.