Longtime Washington coach Jim Lambright was arrested last week for investigation of domestic violence, according to the Seattle Times. The 72-year-old Lambright, who was an assistant with the Huskies from 1969-1992 and the team’s head coach from 1993-1998, is accused of assaulting his 23-year-old granddaughter.
Per the Times, Lambright was arrested at 10:10 p.m. on June 18 after a relative “called 911 to report an assault at the family home.”
Officers were met outside of the home by three women and an elderly man, identified as Lambright. Lambright told officers that he was “frustrated” that his granddaughters were visiting and “sick of their attitude” and asked one of the granddaughters to leave the property. She refused.
According to the probable-cause statement written by a Snohomish County sheriff, Lambright said that he “grabbed his granddaughter by the arms to force her out of the residence” and that he had not been harmed.
Lambright’s granddaughter had a different account of the incident.
The 23-year-old granddaughter told deputies that Lambright yelled at her while she was there visiting her father. She said Lambright grabbed her arms, yanking her down to the floor. He then dragged her five feet before she managed to escape and run outside to call for help.
Lambright’s wife told police that her husband “suffers from dementia and ‘explosive disorder’” and that his condition has been “worsening.” A no-contact order was requested by Lambright’s wife and granddaughters and three rifles were “confiscated from the property,” the statement said.
Lambright played for the Huskies from 1962-1964 before landing an assistant coaching job with the program in 1969. By 1977, Lambright worked his way to defensive coordinator and was finally promoted to head coach in 1993.
In six seasons as head coach, Lambright led the Huskies to a 44-25-1 overall record before being fired following a 6-6 season in 1998.
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