New head coach Curtis Johnson discussed the Green Wave's preseason practice and outlook for 2012
A seasoned veteran with 34 years of coaching experience under his belt, Barry Lamb begins his second season as the linebackers and special teams coach for the Green Wave in 2013.
Lamb's first season at Tulane was an instant success. In the special teams department, his guidance helped junior kicker Cairo Santos hit all 21 field goal attempts (to tie the NCAA record for single season field goal percentage), including a school-record 57-yarder vs. Rice, and knocked down 26-of-27 PAT attempts en route to earning the Lou Groza Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top place-kicker. Santos became Tulane's first consensus first team All-American selection since 1941.
Defensively, Lamb's linebacking corps came up with 19.5 stops for lost yardage, including 4.0 sacks, and four interceptions in 2012.
Lamb, 57, came to Tulane after spending 16 seasons at BYU, where he helped the Cougars to 142 wins and 11 bowl appearances from 1994-2010. Hired by LaVell Edwards in 1994, Lamb went on to work under the tenures of Gary Crowton and most recently under Bronco Mendenhall. Lamb coached secondary and linebackers and coordinated special teams during his tenure in Provo and during his career he has recruited seven players who have earned NFL All-Pro honors.
Along with BYU, Lamb has worked extensively in the western United States with stops at San Diego State (1989-93), where he served as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach and helped the Aztecs to the 1991 Freedom Bowl, and he also served in the same capacity at Idaho (1986-89), where he helped the Vandals to three straight I-AA playoff appearances.
From 1981-86, Lamb worked as the outside and inside linebackers, secondary and special teams coach at UNLV, was a secondary coach at Arizona State during the 1980-1981 seasons and he broke into the college football ranks as the offensive and defensive line and outside linebackers coach at Oregon from 1977-80.
As a collegiate football player, Lamb was an All-America linebacker at Santa Barbara Community College during the 1973-74 seasons. He transferred to the University of Utah in 1975, where he suffered a career-ending back injury.
A native of Santa Barbara, Calif., Lamb went on to earn his bachelor's degree in history from the University of Oregon in 1978 and graduated Phi Kappa Phi from Arizona State with a master's degree in history in 1988.
Lamb is married to Nikki Lin Lamb and he has three sons: Mackenzie (27), Tanner (25) and Tucker (23).