McMurry University Director of Athletics Sam Ferguson has announced the hiring of Mike Lambeck as the new head coach of McMurry University Men’s Soccer.
Lambeck brings a wealth of NCAA Division III soccer knowledge with him, as he most recently spent three seasons as an assistant for the University of the Ozarks men’s soccer program. During his time with the Eagles, Lambeck helped lead the team to three consecutive playoff appearances, including an 8-8-3, 6-4-1 ASC mark last season.
Primarily working with goalkeepers, Lambeck has helped develop 20 All-Conference players in his three seasons at Ozarks. Goalkeepers earned those honors in 2016 and 2018.
Lambeck hopes to continue that development as he transitions to the head coach of the War Hawks.
“I want to thank McMurry President Dr. Harper, Athletics Director Mr. Ferguson, and everyone involved throughout the search process that made me feel so welcome,” Lambeck said. “I cannot wait to get to work with the current group of scholar-athletes and continue to grow the success that has been built in the program over the past years.”
Academics are also a high priority for Lambeck, as his team won the Team Academic Award from the United Soccer Coaches in 2017 and 2018, and he coached a United Soccer Coaches Academic All-Region player in 2017 and a Google Cloud Academic All-District player in 2018.
“We couldn’t be happier about adding Coach Lambeck to our staff,” Ferguson said. “Mike has enjoyed a successful run as an assistant coach and has been mentored by some of the best in the business. He is ready to lead his own program and McMurry needs a professional of his caliber to build on the momentum our team has enjoyed in recent seasons.”
“Mike is a skilled tactician and a tireless recruiter, but we are most excited about his focus on the personal development of his scholar-athletes. He is wholeheartedly bought in to our mission of Developing Champions for Life and I am personally excited about working alongside him to achieve that mission.”
Prior to his stint with Ozarks, Lambeck spent three years as the assistant men’s soccer coach at his alma mater Wittenberg University, as well as one season as an assistant coach for the women’s program at the University of Akron. While at Akron, he developed a goalkeeper to be selected to the All-MAC Freshman team.
In addition to coaching at the collegiate level, Lambeck has coached numerous soccer camps in Ohio. He has also served as the head coach and Director of Goalkeeping for Club Ohio Football Club, as well as the Director of Goalkeeping and Youth Academy Director for the Arkansas Valley Soccer Association.
Lambeck holds both a USSF National D license and USSF National Goalkeeping diploma. He is a certified strength and conditioning coach, as well.
As a player, Lambeck was a four-year starting goalkeeper at Wittenberg. He was a two-time All-Ohio team member and 2011 NCAC first-team goalkeeper. He led his team to an appearance in the 2008 NCAA Tournament. Professionally, he was the starting goalkeeper for Zanesville Athletic F.C. of the National Premier Soccer League in 2013.
Lambeck graduated from Wittenberg with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 2012, and is currently working on his Masters of Sports Administration from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
Courtesy McMurry Athletics