Lambert heads home to take over girls basketball at WSN
By By BRUCE HIXON Sports Editor
Steve Lambert will be the first one to admit he does not have all the answers.
Look for new W.S. Neal Lady Blue Eagles basketball coach to put forth his best effort to find them.
The job is a personal homecoming for Lambert, who graduated from W.S. Neal High School in 1976.
Lambert has spent the last three years on the other side of Murder Creek as the head boys and girls basketball coach at Brewton Middle School.
Prior to that, Lambert was in and out of the girls basketball program at Elmore County. He served as the head coach during the 1994-95 season, the junior varsity girls coach from 1997-99 and then returned to the head girls coaching position from 1999-2001.
During his time at Elmore County, Lambert compiled a 45-29 record. That mark included a 42-10 record during his final two seasons, which included a 26-1 record and a regional championship game berth in his final season there.
Lambert inherits a Lady Blue Eagles program that has struggled in recent years. W.S. Neal went 4-20 last season under preceding coach Angela Carr's direction and ended the campaign on a 15-game losing streak.
The Lady Blue Eagles head coaching position has also been a revolving door. Lambert will be the program's fifth coach in as many years.
On the court, Lambert hopes to be able to benefit from summer work.
Lambert said there are some things in place to help change the program's fortunes.
While Lambert has been away from coaching at the high school level for a few years, he said he does have some knowledge of his players and his opponents.