STERLING – One day after Sterling College’s 63-7 loss to Morningside College of Iowa in the first round of the NAIA football playoffs, Warriors head coach Chuck Lambert resigned his position.
Lambert, who had succeeded his brother Andy as head coach before the 2016 season, was 17-6 in his two years at Sterling.
According to a press release from the college, Lambert is in candidacy for an Associate Pastor Position at Grace Bible Church in Hutchinson.
"I absolutely love what Chuck Lambert has done with our program and the values that he has instilled in our athletes and assistant coaches," Sterling Athletic Director Gary Kempf said in the release. "We spend our life looking to make a difference and what an incredibly positive difference Chuck has made for Sterling College and for Sterling College football. While we will miss him, I greatly respect his commitment to his faith and his next calling. He will always be part of our family and the Sterling College football program."
Sterling made the playoffs in both of his seasons as well as winning the KCAC Conference championship this fall. Lambert was also selected as the KCAC Coach of the Year in 2017. During the last two seasons, Sterling had 28 All-Conference winners, including three KCAC Players of the Year and three AFCA-NAIA All-Americans.
Lambert has been with Sterling 14 years. During his time at Sterling, the Warriors won the KCAC championship two times (2013, 2017) and reached the playoffs three times (2013, 2016, 2017). He also coached a number of All-KCAC Conference award winners and All-Americans during his time at Sterling and was named the Coach of the Year twice.
"The last 14 seasons here at Sterling have been so very special for my family and myself," Lambert said. "The relationships and the experiences that I have been a part of during my time here, have created a place in my heart that I will cherish forever. I am thankful for this opportunity that I had here at Sterling and I thank everyone who has been a part of this journey."
The college will begin an immediate search for a successor.
"With the tremendous success of our football program in recent years, we don't anticipate any trouble in finding a great new leader for this program." Kempf said.