Former Washington Huskies coach Jim Lambright arrested for alleged domestic violence

SEATTLE — Former University of Washington football coach Jim Lambright was arrested for investigation of domestic violence after he allegedly assaulted his 23-year-old granddaughter in Snohomish County last week, according to court documents.

Lambright, 72, has not been charged.

Lambright was arrested at 10:10 p.m. on June 18, according to the documents from the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office. He was released on his personal recognizance the next day.

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 in the 16000 block of 57th Avenue Southeast near Snohomish.

Responding Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies were greeted 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.

Three rifles were confiscated from the property, according to the statement.

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

Lambright did not return a voice message seeking comment Wednesday.

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.

Lambright was the architect of some of the top defenses in UW history — as well as Pac-10 history — including the squad that helped the Huskies earn a share of the 1991 national championship with a 12-0 record.

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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