Year Elected to Husky Hall of Fame: 2006
In 34 years as a Husky player and coach, Jim Lambright redefined defensive football at the University of Washington. As a player, Lambright earned two letters at defensive end and garnered all-conference and All-Coast honors as a senior in 1964. He was also named the Guy Flaherty Most Inspirational Award winner that year. Lambright returned to UW five years after graduation as an assistant coach, where he would embark on a 24-year career as an innovator on the defensive side of the ball. As the defensive coordinator for 16 years and the assistant head coach for six more, Lambright authored defenses that ranked highly among the Pac-10's statistical leaders, with all but one finishing in the top half of the conference in total defense. He is also credited with the creation and implementation of the "attack style" defense that wreaked havoc on opposing offenses using an eight-man defensive front. The defense, unveiled in 1990, was a key factor in Washington's march to a perfect season and the national championship in 1991. The 1991 Huskies were second in the nation in rushing defense (67.1), total defense (237.1), scoring defense (9.2) and turnover margin (+1.73) and led the Pac-10 in virtually every defensive category. Named the head coach at Washington in 1993, Lambright embarked on a six-year tenure as head coach in which he compiled a record of 44-25-1 (.664) - including a 31-16-1 mark in conference play - and led the Huskies to four bowl appearances. His 1995 squad shared the Pac-10 Conference title with a 6-1-1 conference record, while his 1996 team finished 9-3 and 7-1 in league play. All told, Lambright participated in 386 games as a Husky player or coach, a feat unmatched by anyone in Husky football history.