Former Washington football coach Jim Lambright has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in connection with a domestic-violence dispute with his granddaughter last year.
Former Washington football coach Jim Lambright has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in connection with a domestic-violence dispute with his granddaughter, according to the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office.
Lambright pleaded to the charge March 18. He was given a suspended sentence and ordered to attend anger-management counseling and get a mental health evaluation, according to plea paperwork to Snohomish County District Court.
Lambright, 72, originally was charged with fourth-degree assault/domestic violence after a June 18 incident at his Snohomish-area home.
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.
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When Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies arrived, Lambright told them 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.
The 23-year-old granddaughter told deputies that Lambright yelled at her and grabbed her arms, yanking her down to the floor. He then dragged her 5 feet before she managed to escape and run outside to call for help.
Lambright’s wife, Lynne, told authorities her husband suffers from dementia and “explosive disorder,” the statement said. She said his medical condition was worsening.
Lambright’s wife and the two granddaughters requested a no-contact order be issued, saying they felt threatened by his “escalating level of aggression,” the deputy wrote.
Lambright, an Everett native, spent more time in the UW football program as a player, assistant coach and head coach than any person, participating in 386 games.
The longtime defensive coordinator took over as coach in 1993 after Don James resigned. Lambright guided the Huskies to a 44-25-1 record in six seasons. He led them through a two-year probation and a share of the Pac-10 championship in 1995.
Lambright worked the past few years as a consultant for Turner Construction in its renovation of Husky Stadium.