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Hoops: Nolensville's Lambert steps down to return home with growing family

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After three seasons, including launching the Nolensville boys basketball program in its first year, Wes Lambert is stepping down as head coach for the Knights and headed back home.

Lambert has accepted an assistant coaching position at Maryville High School – the same school he helped lead to a state championship as a player in 2007. The move comes at a special time for Lambert and his wife Kelsey as well since the two are expecting their first child – a girl – later this year.

“We are really excited, but it is bittersweet to be leaving Nolensville,” Lambert said. “It’s been a great three years here. I am totally in love with this Nolensville area. It is a very special place to be and will always be close to my heart.”

Lambert and the Knights reached deep into the postseason for a second consecutive season this year by advancing to the Class AA Sectionals. In three years, he produced a 46-43 record, including a 21-11 mark this past season. Nolensville won the District 12-AA championship last year and repeated as the Region 6-AA champions this season.

Nolensville principal Dr. Bill Harlin thanked Lambert for helping establish the program.

“He has laid a tremendous foundation for our basketball program,” Harlin said. “I want to thank Coach Lambert for his leadership on the court, within the school, and in our community.”

Harlin added that the school is actively searching for a replacement.

Lambert’s ties run deep in Maryville. The 2008 Rebels graduate will help out his former high school coach in Mark Elridge, who won his 500th game in December. Lambert went on to play for his dad Randy at Maryville College.

“Honestly, it’s definitely a gift from God,” Lambert said of the move back to Maryville. “I’ve always wanted to raise a family and now coming home to kind of lighten the load, it’s just an incredible opportunity.

“To be able to help the basketball team that I played for and to be able to go home and raise a child with all my family around is just really special.”

Lambert’s dad Randy retired this season after 39 years of coaching and more than 700 wins. Wes said the elder Lambert helped prepare him for coaching in his time at Maryville College. 

“He was grooming for a coaching position,” he said. “He knew I wanted to a be a coach and would question me on things.”

Lambert went on to be a graduate assistant on Rick Byrd’s Belmont coaching staff in 2014, then joined Blackman as an assistant coach under Barry Wortman. He said the full-time approach at the college level was great to experience, but he felt the high school live was a better fit. Lambert coached at Overton for a season before taking over the Knights in their first season.

“To help put the program where it is now, it’s been an incredible experience, but it has also been a family dream to be able to get back home,” Lambert said.

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