Tuesday, March 1, 2011
With several of his former Wake Forest players on hand, Lambert was introduced as the 49ers' coach at a news conference earlier today.
Lambert had some news: He announced that Jeff Mullen, a former offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at West Virginia who was also an assistant with him at Wake Forest, will be Charlotte's first offensive coordinator. Mullen also said he would hire a defensive coordinator soon, and probably a recruiting coordinator.
Lambert signed a 6-year deal worth $250,000 per year, with a clause to renegotiate in the spring of 2013 -- just a few months before the 49ers' first game.. Charlotte had originally budgeted $175,000 per year for the job, but increased it during the search process to make it more attractive.
Lambert, 46, was an assistant at Wake Forest for 10 seasons, the most recent three as defensive coordinator. Former Deacons standouts including quarterback Riley Skinner, linebackers Aaron Curry, Stanley Arnoux and cornerback Alphonso Smith were at the news conference. Will Witherspoon, a linebacker who played for Lambert when he was an assistant at Georgia, was also there.
Lambert and Mullen can't begin recruiting until April 15. Lambert said until then, he'll focus on hiring other coaches and work on logistics -- details such as business cards and recruiting travel plans.
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