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Lamb takes on role as Lackey athletic director after death of Anderson

By AJ MASON

Staff writer

Since working in the Charles County Public Schools system as a special education teacher from 1999 up until this year, Doug Lamb has always done what was in the best interest for the kids.

Following the heartbreaking news that Lackey longtime athletic director David Anderson had unexpectedly passed away in early September, Lamb did not hesitate to do what was in the best interest for the school.

When school reopened after the Labor Day weekend, Lackey Principal James Short sat down with Lamb and asked if he would take over the athletic director duties, and Lamb immediately did just that.

To Lamb, it was an honor to take over for Anderson, who thrived at his position for the last 32 years at Lackey.

“I was shocked when I heard the news, Dave was a great guy and he helped open up this school,” said Lamb, Lackey’s former head varsity football coach for five seasons before stepping down in July 2011. “The first thing I said was how in the world did he do all of this, it’s a very tough job. I hit the ground running and it’s a learning process, but Dave has put everything in place for me. We have to keep the consistency going that was left behind.”

Since taking over the job, Lamb has received advice from other athletic directors in the county, including McDonough’s Jason Bursick, La Plata’s Cliff Nagle, Dominic Zaccarelli of Westlake, and even the county’s coordinator of student activities A.K. Johnson, the former athletic director at North Point.

“Every athletic director is busy, and the rest of them in the county have been very patient with me,” Lamb said. “Cliff and Jason really stepped in and went to the state committee meeting that Dave was on. Mr. Johnson always has been on board and has helped me out a lot. I talked to [Zaccarelli], who used to coach football, along with being an AD, and he said you need a staff and support system behind you. Like coaching, you definitely need a lot of help; it’s like climbing a ladder.”

“I’ve known Doug for 12 years, he’s very disciplined and has very good organization skills,” Bursick said. “He’s come along way, he jumped into a position that he’s never been in and we are there to provide him with the tools and give him advice. Being a former coach in the county has helped him grasp the job. It’s a joy to watch our athletes and provide a safe environment, and I think he will be fine.”

Lamb mentioned that being an athletic director is a first time experience for him and it’s all about managing the work of the coaches and teams and making sure the kids are turning in the right paperwork to get cleared to play.

“I’ve worked with the kids for a long time and it’s about building relationships,” Lamb said. “At this point, I will do whatever the school needs me to. We don’t want to let the kids down, we have to keep moving.”

When asked if he would pursue the athletic director as a permanent position, Lamb added his sentiment.

“Whatever needs to be done I will do,” he said. “I will help out with whatever Mr. Short needs. This is in the best interest for the Lackey program and the kids.”

Lamb compiled a 30-27 overall mark while at the helm of Lackey with a Southern Maryland Athletic Conference record of 25-17. His teams made the playoffs in each of his first four seasons, winning the Class 3A South Region banner in 2007 when Lackey finished as a state semifinalist, the deepest Lamb directed the Chargers in the postseason.

While Lamb had no problem continuing the glory years of Lackey as a SMAC contender and playoff threat during his first three seasons, picking up where successful predecessor Scott Chadwick left off in the mid-2000s, the last two years saw a drop-off in the program's high-level performance.

Lackey finished below .500 in 2009 and 2010, going 8-13 combined with just a 7-9 SMAC tab that included just a 3-7 mark (3-5 SMAC) a year ago, the only time Lamb failed to get the Chargers into the playoffs.

Lamb was also a defensive coordinator from 2002 to 2005 at Thomas Stone.

ajmason@somdnews.com