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August 6, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Former UW coach Jim Lambright a no-show for assault arraignment

Lambright’s attorney, Royce Ferguson, told the Snohomish County District Court judge he didn’t know why the former coach failed to appear in court.

The judge gave Lambright until next Monday or Tuesday to appear for arraignment in the District Court’s Evergreen Division in Monroe, or an arrest warrant will be issued.

The charge against Lambright stems from an incident involving his 23-year-old granddaughter in June, according to Snohomish County court documents.

Lambright, 72, was arrested at 10:10 p.m. June 18 at his Snohomish-area home. He was released on his personal recognizance the next day and the charge was filed June 30.

According to a probable-cause statement written by a responding Snohomish County sheriff’s deputy, a relative called 911 to report an assault at the family home.

Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies were met outside the home by three women and an elderly man. The man, identified in the statement as Lambright, said he was “frustrated” that his granddaughters were visiting and was “sick of their attitude,” the statement said. He said he had asked one of his granddaughters to leave, but she refused.

“Lambright stated that he had grabbed his granddaughter by the arms to force her out of the residence. He stated she was not harmed, and did not understand why we were being called,” the probable-cause statement read.

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, Lynne, told authorities that her husband suffers from dementia and “explosive disorder,” the statement said. She said his medical condition is worsening.

Lambright’s wife and the two granddaughters requested a no-contact order be issued, saying they felt threatened by his “escalating level of aggression,” the deputy wrote.

Lambright, an Everett native, spent more time in the UW football program as a player, assistant coach and head coach than any person in the program’s history, participating in 386 games. As a defensive end, he earned all-conference accolades as a senior in 1964.

He took over as head coach in 1993 after Don James unexpectedly resigned. Lambright guided the Huskies to a 44-25-1 record in six seasons. He led the Huskies through a two-year probation and to a share of the Pac-10 championship in 1995.

The past few years, Lambright worked as a consultant for Turner Construction during its renovation of Husky Stadium.

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