Bobby Lamb Named First Head Coach of Anderson University Trojans Football
Robert Emory “Bobby” Lamb, a veteran coach with more than 100 career NCAA Division I wins and experience building a football program from scratch, is the first Anderson University Trojans Football head coach.
Anderson University President Evans Whitaker, Ph.D. and Vice President for Athletics Dr. Bert Epting announced the appointment of Coach Lamb today at a press conference on the AU campus.
“I am thrilled and excited to be chosen to lead the Anderson University Trojans Football program,” Coach Lamb said. “I would like to thank Dr. Whitaker, Dr. Epting and the entire campus community for entrusting me with the opportunity to start football at such a prestigious university. I look forward to serving and being a part of the AU family.”
A native of Commerce, Georgia, Lamb played quarterback for Furman University from 1982 to 1985, as the Division I-AA Paladins recorded historic wins over the University of South Carolina Gamecocks (1982), the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (1983) and the North Carolina State University Wolfpack (1984 and 1985.) As a senior, he was named the Southern Conference Player of the Year, helping the Paladins win the Southern Conference championship and leading the team to the NCAA Division I-AA National Championship game.
Coach Lamb was head coach of his alma mater from 2002 until 2010, leading Furman to a 67-40 overall record. During his tenure the Paladins made four appearances in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs.
In 2011, Coach Lamb was hired to resurrect Mercer University’s football program; the school, located in Macon, Georgia, had not fielded a team in 70 years. Under Coach Lamb, in 2013 the Mercer University Bears won 10 games, which set an NCAA record for the most wins by a collegiate program in its first season of competition.
Coach Lamb left Mercer in 2019 and spent the 2020 season as an assistant to University of Louisiana head coach Billy Napier. The Ragin’ Cajuns finished with a 10-1 record and a No. 15 national ranking ahead of teams such as the University of North Carolina Tar Heels (No. 18), the University of Texas Longhorns (No. 19) and the University of Miami Hurricanes (No. 22.)
“We are very excited to welcome Bobby and his family to Anderson University,” Dr. Epting said. “He has tremendous experience in building and sustaining football programs, recruiting at a high level and leading young men both on and off the field of play, all while integrating Christ into all he does. He brings a well-developed approach to football and we are blessed to name him as the first head football coach at Anderson University.”
Coach Lamb’s appointment as head of the Anderson University Trojans Football program comes two weeks after AU finalized a 25-year, $1 million naming rights agreement with Spero Financial, one of South Carolina’s largest federal credit unions, to create Spero Financial Field at Dr. Melvin and Dollie Younts Stadium.
“Coach Bobby Lamb is a man of faith and integrity, and he is the perfect fit to lead our football program,” President Whitaker said. “He will help mold our student-athletes into men who represent Anderson University well on the field, in the classroom and in our community.”
Upstate South Carolina philanthropist and friend of Anderson University, Dr. Melvin Younts, is providing $3 million as a challenge gift in support of the Trojans Football program. AU continues adding partners to help realize Dr. Younts gift with the goal of raising $6 million.
Coach Lamb and the Trojans begin NCAA Division II competition as a member of the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) in 2024.