July 14, 2008
Lamberson Named QB Coach at SE Oklahoma State
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Josh Lamberson, the second-leading passer in Northwest Missouri State history, has been hired as an assistant football coach at Southeastern Oklahoma State in Durant, Okla. Lamberson will be the quarterbacks coach for head coach Ray Richards' Savage Storm.
Lamberson passed for 7,365 yards, threw 65 touchdowns and rushed for 12 in a career that spanned the 2002-05 seasons. He quarterbacked the Bearcats to a national runner-up appearance as a senior in 2005 and passed for 326 yards and a score in the championship game against Grand Valley State.
Lamberson earned his master's degree in education from Northwest last December. He worked primarily with Bearcat quarterbacks while serving as a graduate assistant for the program during the past two seasons.
In Durant, Lamberson will be reunited with former Northwest wide receiver Scott Courter, who serves as the Savage Storm's offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach. Courter was a student-athlete at Northwest from 1995-99. He was the Bearcats' wide receivers coach during the 2003-04 campaigns.
A question and answer session with Lamberson and Northwest Missouri State Director of Media Relations Bryan Boettcher follows:
Boettcher: Describe your transition from being a player at Northwest to becoming a coach.
Lamberson: It was an easy transition. Being a quarterback here placed me in a leadership role and being a coach at Northwest places you in a leadership role so the transition was a smooth one. There's difficulty in changing certain aspects of your relationship with guys who were your teammates, but Josh (Mathews) and Joel (Osborn) did a tremendous job of accepting the change and being respectful of my new role.
Boettcher: What do you carry with you to Southeastern Oklahoma State?
Lamberson: The work ethic of coach (Mel) Tjeerdsma filters all the way down to his players at Northwest and I hope the qualities he's bestowed upon me will carry with me wherever I go. The last seven years that I've been exposed to his hard work and commitment has been a great experience for me. It's no accident that Northwest has been to three straight national championships.
Boettcher: What are you going to miss most?
Lamberson: The people - there's no question about it. It's what makes Northwest and Maryville what it is. Winning football games is fun, but the relationships I've had with teammates and coaches are priceless. The people here have embraced me since my freshman year. They see you in Wal-Mart, they bake you cookies, they invite you into their home. The people in this area have been so generous and kind. It's a very special place to be.
Boettcher: Who are the teammates you keep in contact with most?
Lamberson: There are many, but there are four whom I talk to on a day-to-day basis and whom I consider my best friends in the world - Morris White, Troy Tysdahl, Chad Bostwick and Adam Long.
Boettcher: What are the top memories from your career?
Lamberson: Playing in the national championship game in 2005 after being the last team to qualify for the playoffs and win four straight road games before going toe-to-toe with Grand Valley. I'll always remember playing in my first game against Minnesota State Mankato in 2003. I remember coming in with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter and bringing us back from six-points down. From then on, I was the starter here. Finally, I think back to the 2004 game against Central Missouri in Warrensburg. We were both ranked in the top 10, the stadium is pretty big and it was a packed house for a night game. We ended up winning and it was always nice to beat Central.
Earned All-America honors in 2005 after passing for 3,766 yards and tossing 33 touchdowns … earned all-MIAA honors in 2004 and 2005 … threw four touchdown passes in a game twice in 2004 … holds the program record for pass completions with 575 … finished 92 yards and three touchdown passes shy of Northwest records held by Chris Greisen … was the holder in the first Fall Classic at Arrowhead in 2002.
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