Dustin Lamb felt it was time.
After 13 seasons as a head football coach — the past six at Pasco High School — Lamb turned in his resignation last month.
The Pasco School District announced it Tuesday when the job opening came up on the district website.
Lamb, who had an 8-50 record at Pasco, said many of his assistants also decided to resign.
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“We’re a bunch of guys who kind of made a group decision,” Lamb said. “I started with all these guys, and we put in six seasons together. Two or three of these guys have been with me for 13 seasons in high school.”
Everybody but Leon Wright-Jackson is stepping down, said Lamb.
“I know he’d be a good candidate for the position,” Lamb said.
As for Lamb, he doesn’t know if he’ll coach again.
“I’m gonna keep my options open,” he said. “I’m kind of that rare guy in that I really have some strong hobbies in the fall (hunting and fishing). I haven’t been able to do them in a while.”
He teaches at Pasco High and runs the leadership and intramurals programs.
“My son’s of age to play competitive baseball,” he said. “I’m in a good spot in my life.”
Lamb started his head coaching career at Ilwaco in 2000 at the age of 23. He inherited a 1-8 team, but by 2001 he had the Fishermen in the Class 1A state playoffs.
Lamb moved to Grandview in 2004, and he coached the Greyhounds to their first state playoff game in 2005, when they beat Colville 32-22.
In 2008, Lamb was named the head coach at his alma mater, Pasco High.
But he never could get the Bulldogs to the playoffs.
When Pasco’s new high school, Chiawana, was built, many of the city’s football talent moved there, following head coach Steve Graff and his longtime assistants.
But Lamb refuses to use the talent drain as an excuse.
“I’m proud of the things we did,” Lamb said. “And it was just a great group of coaches.”
This season was capped with an 83-7 loss to crosstown rival Chiawana.
But the Bulldogs also snapped a 21-game losing streak early in the season when they defeated Sunnyside 36-13. They followed that with a 69-33 Mid-Columbia Conference victory over Hanford.
“It was just great to see some of those kids get that satisfaction of winning,” Lamb said. “Especially those seniors, who were getting the snot kicked out of them when they were freshmen and sophomores. I couldn’t think of a better moment for them. Anybody can leave. They didn’t. I’m just so proud of them.”
DANIELS, URLACHER REUNITE: Liberty Christian’s Cody Daniels and Chiawana’s Austin Urlacher haven’t seen much of each other these past few years.
But they’ll get a chance to see each other Saturday on the same football field.
Daniels will play in the WIAA 1B state championship for the Patriots against Neah Bay at 4 p.m. at the Tacoma Dome. Urlacher and the Riverhawks will follow in the 4A state title tilt at 7:30 p.m. against Bothell.
Daniels and Urlacher played together for seven seasons as part of the Rams program in Kennewick Grid Kids.
“It was from like third grade through eighth,” Daniels said. “I remember we were the fastest guys on the field, so we ran the football a lot. We were both running backs. Later on, I was the quarterback.”
Urlacher’s family lived in Pasco, but the Grid Kids program wasn’t as strong back then, he said. So he played in Kennewick.
“I just saw him last week (after the state semifinals),” Urlacher said. “He’s pretty tall now.”
HEADING TO TACOMA: Liberty Christian and Chiawana will travel to Tacoma on Friday, even though both teams don’t play until Saturday night.
That’s because they have allotted times on the Tacoma Dome turf Friday: Liberty Christian at noon, Chiawana at 1 p.m.
As an added bonus, Chiawana coach Steve Graff said his team will get a chance to work out at the Seattle Seahawks’ practice facility in Renton on Saturday before its game that night.