Lambright to Have Cancer Surgery Wednesday

May 10, 2004

Seattle - Former Washington football coach Jim Lambright will undergo surgery to remove his bladder and prostate gland Wednesday after being diagnosed with bladder cancer. In April Lambright underwent a medical procedure to have a tumor removed from his bladder. The surgery will be performed at the University of Washington's Medical Center.

'The good thing is it looks like they got it early enough,' Lambright said. 'I want to thank everyone for their well wishes for myself and my family at this time.'

Lambright requested that no flowers be sent to him at University Medical Center. Instead he urged that donations be made to the Jim Lambright Niemann-Pick Foundation. Donation information is available at He started the foundation to help fund research for the genetic disorder that prohibits the metabolism of cholesterol. His adult sons, Brad and Bart, both have the disease.

Lambright was Washington's head football coach from 1993-1998, compiling a record of 44-25-1. He was the fourth alumnus to coach the Husky football program. A native of Everett, Wash., Lambright graduated from Washington in 1965 after earning all-coast and all-conference honors for the Huskies in 1964. A two-time letterwinner, he was the team's Guy Flaherty Award winner following his senior season.

Lambright began a 30-year coaching career at Washington in 1969 as an assistant for coach Jim Owens' staff. He was retained by Don James when he took over the UW program in 1975 and served as defensive coordinator for his last 16 years as an assistant coach and was the assistant head coach from 1987-92. He was widely credited with developing UW's eight-man defensive front that helped the team win the 1991 national championship and was widely copied by numerous college programs.

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