Northern Colorado to reportedly hire BYU assistant Ed Lamb
6th December 2022

A former Big Sky head coach will take over the University of Northern Colorado football program, multiple sources close to the university told the Greeley Tribune on Tuesday morning.

UNC is set to announce the hiring of Ed Lamb, the former Southern Utah head coach and current Brigham Young assistant head coach. The Tribune contacted Northern Colorado, but members of the athletic department did not answer calls.

Lamb also coached safeties and special teams during his time at BYU, his alma mater.

Sources say the program will officially announce the hire on Tuesday.

Lamb helped lead BYU to a 50-29 record and a bowl game in every year except 2017. The Cougars went 3-2 in bowl appearances. They will play SMU in the New Mexico bowl on Dec. 17.

As a head coach, Lamb led Southern Utah — a former Big Sky program — from 2008 to 2015. In Cedar City, Lamb held a 45-47 overall record and went 27-21 in conference play.

The Thunderbirds finished second in the Great West Conference in 2009 and won it in 2010. Lamb then led Southern Utah to a Big Sky win in 2015. The program made FCS Playoff appearances in 2013 and 2015. The program moved to the Western Athletic Conference this season.

Lamb’s worst season in the Big Sky came in 2014 when the program finished tied for eighth, going 3-9 overall and 3-5 in league play.

UNC has not finished above .500 since 2016. It has never won more than four conference games, which came during that season, or made the playoffs.

Lamb will replace Ed McCaffrey, who was fired two weeks ago, and has more than 20 years of coaching experience.

Northern Colorado hired McCaffrey in December 2019. He coached two seasons due to COVID-19, going 6-16 overall and 4-12 in the Big Sky.

The Bears terminated McCaffrey on Nov. 21. His tenure was overshadowed by allegations of a toxic culture, a lack of investment and nepotism. He had never coached on the college level when hired.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available. 

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