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Ward L. Lambert

Ward L.  Lambert
Ward L. Lambert Coach

Inducted in 2006
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee 1960
"Piggy" Lambert played three sports at Wabash College in Indiana, then coached high school basketball before becoming head coach at Purdue in 1916. After serving in WWI, he returned to Purdue in 1919 and coached through the end of the 1945-46 season. Lambert coached a "fast-break" style of basketball, run by speed merchants like Charles "Stretch" Murphy and Johnny Wooden. His teams won 371 games and lost only 152, a winning percentage of .710. His 1931-32 team, which won 17 of 18 games, was named national champion by the Helms Athletic Foundation. He coached 16 All-Americans, including Murphy and Wooden, and 31 First-Team Big Ten selections.
Where They Are Now

Died January 20, 1958
Where They Were
Purdue University 1917-1946