Police: Ex-UW football coach Lambright arrested after assault

SNOHOMISH, Wash. - Former University of Washington head football coach Jim Lambright was arrested last week on suspicion of domestic violence assault after he attacked his 23-year-old granddaughter, according to a police report released Wednesday.

The incident unfolded on the night of June 18, when police responded to a 911 call about an assault at a local residence in the 16600 block of 57th Avenue SE.

When officers arrived, the granddaughter told them that she was at the home to visit her father, who also lives there.

During the visit, she said her grandfather "suddenly exploded at her" after her visit with her father. She said Lambright grabbed her by the arms, pulled her down to the kitchen floor and tried to drag her out of the house by her right ankle, the police report says.

She was dragged about five feet before struggled free and ran outside to call 911.

Lambright's wife Lynne told officers that he suffers from dementia and "explosive disorder," and that his condition is deteriorating, the report says.

His wife also told police that Lambright has consistently pushed and shoved her throughout their marriage and that she is "truly a battered wife," according to the police report.

Lambright told officers that he was sick of his granddaughter's attitude and that he did not see why she had to visit her parents all the time. He said he asked her to leave and grabbed her by the arms when she refused, the police report says.

He said his granddaughter was not harmed and did not understand why police were involved.

Lambright's wife requested a no-contact order against him, and all of the residents of the home said they felt threatened by the escalating level of violence being exhibited by Lambright, the police report said.

Lambright was arrested and booked at Snohomish County Jail, then released into their custody.

Lambright spent decades with the University of Washington football program, lettering for two seasons as a player in 1963 and 1964 and then serving as assistant coach for 24 years. He was named head coach in 1993 after Don James resigned and led the Huskies to a 44-25-1 over the next six seasons, including four bowl appearances.

Lambright was fired following the 1998 season that saw the Huskies go 6-6 - their first non-winning record in the past 22 years.