Andy Lambert is entering his eighth season as the head coach of the Sterling College Warrior football program and his fifteenth as a head coach. Lambert has an overall record of 75-68.
In his seven seasons at Sterling, Lambert has gone 45-25, leading the Warriors to top three finishes in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) during five of those seasons. While at Sterling, all of Lambert’s squads have finished at or above 0.500 and Lambert has won KCAC Coach of the Year in both 2004 and 2007.
The 2010 season saw Sterling improve to a 7-3 record and a third place finish in the KCAC. Defense was the strength of this Warrior team as Lambert’s squad led the KCAC and was 17th nationally in scoring defense with 18.6 points per game. Offensively, the Warriors ranked second in the KCAC in rushing offense by racking up 2031 yards on the ground in the season, an average of 203.1 yards per game.
In 2009, the Warriors finished the season with an overall record of 6-4 and finished fourth in the KCAC. During that season, the Warriors led the KCAC in scoring defense. The Warrior defense only gave up 17.3 points per game. On offense, the Warriors ranked second in the KCAC in rushing offense. Offensively, Sterling was able to gain 173.7 yards per game on the ground.
Sterling College tied for second in the KCAC during the 2008 season with a conference record of 7-2 and an overall record of 7-3. In 2008, the Warriors ranked fourth nationally in rushing defense per game with 72.3 yards and had a stellar special teams unit that ranked sixth nationally in kick-off return yards per attempt and tenth nationally in punt return yards per attempt. Defensively, the Warriors ranked second in the KCAC in total defense per game giving up only 274.8 yards per game. On the offensive side of the ball, Sterling ranked second in the KCAC in rushing offense per game with an average of 221.2 yards per game.
During his fourth season at Sterling College, Lambert’s 2007 squad finished third in the conference with a 7-2 KCAC record, 8-2 overall and Lambert earned KCAC Coach of the Year honors. A big key to Sterling’s success was turnover margin. The Warriors led the nation in turnover margin per game at 1.9. Offensively, Sterling led the KCAC and was eighth nationally in rushing offense per game, averaging 204.5 yards on the ground. On the defensive side of the ball, Sterling gave up only 17.6 points per game which was third in the KCAC. In 2007, Joey Gilsdorf was named a First Team All-American by the NAIA, the first player in Sterling history to earn that honor.
The 2006 Sterling College Warriors finished the KCAC season in third place with a 7-2 conference record, 7-3 overall. On offense in 2006, Sterling ranked second in the KCAC in scoring offense per game by averaging 25.7 points per game. The Warriors had just as strong of a season defensively, giving up only 12.7 points per game which was second in the KCAC for scoring defense.
A fourth place finish in the KCAC was the result of Lambert’s Warriors in his second season at Sterling College. The 2005 Warriors finished the season with a 5-4 record. This Warrior squad was very good at rushing the football and was ranked fifth nationally in rushing offense with 245.2 yards per game. Sterling also had the 21st ranked defense in the nation, giving up only 299.3 yards per game.
In his inaugural season at Sterling College, Lambert finished third in the conference with a 5-4 KCAC record, 5-5 overall after two consecutive 0-10 seasons prior to his arrival at SC. The quick turnaround earned Lambert the 2004 KCAC Coach of the Year. The ground game was a major strength for this Warrior team that had the third ranked rushing offense in the nation averaging 267.8 rushing yards per game. On the defensive side of the ball, this team gave up only an average of 23.0 points per game.
Prior to coming to Sterling, Lambert served as head football coach at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. Lambert was the head coach at Trinity for seven years, but he was associated with TIU football as both a player and coach for fifteen years. During his last three seasons at Trinity, Lambert led the Trojans to an overall record of 22-11. During his final year at Trinity, Lambert’s squad finished with an overall record of 8-3 and 19th national ranking in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The Trojans were also Mid-States West co-conference champions in 2003.
Lambert was named Mid-States West “Coach of the Year” in both 2003 & 2001.
A native of Smith Center, Kansas, Lambert played football for legendary high school coach Roger Barta at Smith Center High School. After graduating from Smith Center High School, Lambert played wide receiver at Dodge City Community College in Dodge City, Kansas.
From Dodge City Community College, Lambert transferred to Trinity International University where he played receiver during his junior and senior seasons.
Andy and his wife Betsy have four daughters: Hannah, Lydia, Emma, and Sylvia.
Lambert holds a master’s degree in education from Chicago State University and a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Trinity International University.
Chuck Lambert begins his eighth season as Defensive Coordinator for the Sterling College Warrior football program in 2011.
Lambert’s defense ranked first in the KCAC for the second straight year and 17th in the NAIA in scoring de¬fense in 2010, building Lambert’s streak of having a defense in the top 25 in the nation in scoring defense to five straight seasons. Coach Lambert’s 2010 defense was ranked nationally in the top 25 in five different defensive statistical categories.
While at Sterling, Lambert’s defenses have been consistently in the upper echelon in the KCAC. With his 3-4 defensive system, Lambert is able to capitalize on the speed and athleticism of defensive personnel to create tremendous pressure on the opposing quarterback and force opposing offenses into making mental mistakes.
Prior to coming to Sterling, Lambert served as head football coach at Lockwood High School in Lockwood, Missouri for five years. During that time, Lambert posted an overall record of 43-14 and was state runner-up in Missouri Class 1A in 2001.
Lambert served as a graduate assistant football coach at Trinity International University for one year following a successful playing career at Trinity.
Coach Lambert is also a graduate of tradition-rich Kansas prep powerhouse, Smith Center High School, where he played quarterback for the Redmen.
Lambert holds a master’s degree in sports management from American Public University and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Trinity International University.
Chuck and his wife, Kim, reside in Sterling with their four children: Caleb, Aly, Jake, and Anna.
Chase Hansen begins his first season with the Warrior Football Program as Co-Offensive Coordinator.
Prior to coming to Sterling, Hansen served as the offensive coordinator for Bethel College in North Newton, Kan. for two seasons. Under Hansen's tutelage in a pro-style and spread offense, ten players earned All-KCAC recognition. While serving as offensive coordinator, Hansen gained experience in scouting, video breakdown, and recruiting.
Before his promotion to Offensive Coordinator, Hansen was the strength and conditioning coordinator at Bethel from the 2008 season through the 2011 season, doubling as the offensive coordinator in 2010 and 2011. While at Bethel, Hansen implemented a periodized strength and conditioning program that emphasized multi-joint exercises and explosiveness.
Hansen comes to Sterling with an extensive background in coaching offensive line play and tight end play, skills that will benefit the 2012 Warrior squad that struggled on the offensive line during 2011. The Warriors will return most of the offensive line that was inexperienced going into 2011.
"Chase is a wonderful addition to our program," said Lambert. "He provides experience as an offensive line coach and will be a big help in coordinating our entire offense. I enjoyed watching him play and respect all that he accomplished at Bethel, both as a player and coach. We are glad to have him"
As a player at Bethel, Hansen was a four time All-KCAC player and two time First Team All-KCAC player as an offensive lineman. Hansen brings the elite playing background coupled with characteristics of a good Christian leader. While playing at Bethel, Hansen was awarded as the Champions of Character Leader in both 2006 and 2007.
Hansen is a graduate of Bethel College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. Post-graduation, Hansen attended Wichita State University where he completed a Master of Science in Exercise Science.
Travis' connection to Sterling College began under football coach, Andy Lambert, when he played for Andy at another college. Travis was highly influenced by Andy as a mentor and always wanted to coach with him as a result of that influence. Travis now ministers to young men of the football team under head coach Andy Lambert working as the Assistant Football Coach for Wide Receivers. The diversity of the studentson campus is one of Travis' favorite aspects of Sterling. In his spare time, Travis enjoys cycling, hunting, and snowboarding. He resides in Sterling with his wife, Ashley, of 3 years
Hosea Bell begins his eighth season with the Lady Warriors as head coach. Before coming to Sterling, Bell was the head coach at Newman University in Wichita, Kansas for nine seasons. Hosea is a 1987 graduate of Tabor College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Work.Coach Bell, his wife Pam, and their nine children (five boys and four girls) reside in Sterling.
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