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Lambert to coach Charlotte's new program

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Charlotte on Tuesday named Wake Forest defensive coordinator Brad Lambert as the head coach of its football program which begins play in 2013.

Lambert has spent the last 10 years as an assistant at Wake Forest, including as defensive coordinator since 2008. He also has coached on the defenses at Georgia and Marshall, including during the Thundering Herd's 1992 NCAA Division I-A championship season.

"I have absolutely no doubt that we got the right fit for Charlotte," athletic director Judy Rose said. "I know after spending as much time with Brad as I have, that he's a builder. He makes players better - and I see him doing the same thing in building our program at Charlotte."

"The biggest thing for me was once I got involved in the process, I saw the vision and commitment and the excitement that there is here for football," Lambert said. "They have great plans in place and it lines up with the vision I have. Football is really important to this university and that's exciting for me and my family. I am humbled as well that we've been entrusted to lead this team."

Lambert was a 1987 graduate of Kansas State, where he earned second-team All- Big Eight honors as a defensive back in 1984. He was an Academic All-Big Eight honoree from 1984-86.

Charlotte will begin play at the FCS level against Campbell on Aug. 31, 2013. The 49ers are expected to move up to the FBS in a future season.

03/01 13:12:34 ET