Jamestown High has its head football coach, for now. The Eagles men’s basketball team, which galvanized the student body this winter by winning the Bay Rivers District title, is looking for one.
Eagles sporting director Ken Edwards says Scott Lambin, a football program assistant for the past two seasons, will serve as interim head coach for the 2022 season. He replaces Terry Smith, who has resigned recently after going 1-9 in the 2021 fall season – his only with the program.
Chris Brown, who guided the Jamestown men’s basketball team to the Class 4 quarter-finals last season, has stepped down to become head coach of Bay Rivers District rival Smithfield. Edwards said the search for his replacement is ongoing.
Lambin is the latest in a revolving door of eight head coaches at Jamestown over the past 10 years. The Eagles have won just 13 games over the past eight seasons but will receive, at the very least, a hint of enthusiasm from Lambin.
A former Marine who worked in counterterrorism after his time in the military, Lambin, 41, served as a junior varsity football coach and athletic strength and conditioning coordinator during his two years at Jamestown. His children, daughter Jenna and son Jordan, are school athletes and he’s every indication of staying involved in Eagles athletics for the long haul.
“I’m passionate, excited and driven, and Jamestown High School is what gets me out of bed in the morning,” said Lambin, who works as a teacher’s aide at the school. “In a nutshell, I’m ‘passionate,’ not just about Jamestown football, but about the school, the parents and the students.”
Prior to joining the Marines, Lambin was running back and defensive back at Geneseo, Ill. High, where his teammate was Jared Van Acker, head coach at Grafton High from 2010 to 2012. Both spoke about the rich small town program in traditions that fuels their love of football, and Lambin would love to instill some of that enthusiasm in Jamestown, a regional powerhouse in most other sports.
A significant contribution so far has been coaching the Eagles’ first junior college football team in more than five years. He said 31 players dressed each week last fall and he expects almost all of them to continue playing, along with almost all of the non-seniors in college this year.
“The key is consistency,” he said. “I have asked every child who enters the weight room to promise that he will be a gentleman first, then a student and a football player last, and that all will be responsible for their actions.
“Then we have to coach them and give them the skills to be confident in themselves and each other, and be knowledgeable and physical enough to compete on Friday nights.
“It’s my job from the first game on August 26 until the last game, whatever the time. Then I will come back to this provisional label later.
Edwards said, “Scott brings tremendous enthusiasm and passion for helping student-athletes succeed on and off the field. His work ethic, combined with his community connections and dedication to improving our weight room, make him a great addition to our athletic staff.
While football has struggled in Jamestown, basketball has generally thrived as of late. The Eagles reached the Class 4 State Finals in 2017 and traveled to state quarters in Brown’s sophomore season last winter.
But Brown was only employed as a coach at Jamestown. He said the opportunity to coach and work full-time in the Smithfield building was too good to pass up. Smithfield has also been successful in men’s basketball, reaching the 2017 Class 4 State Tournament before winning the 2021 state title.
Brown has coached numerous teams in state tournaments, winning the VISAA Men’s Division I crown in 2017 with Williamsburg Christian. Its Surry County women’s teams reached the Class 1 State Finals in 2018 and 2019.
The Jamestown boys finished 20-5 last season, led by all-state selections Xavier Brown and Christopher Newport rookie Scott Mullin. Xavier Brown, the son of Chris Brown, recently signed with James Madison after leading the region with an average of 28.6.
“I really enjoyed my time at Jamestown and would like to thank Coach Edwards and (Manager) Howard Townsend,” said Chris Brown. “It was a great opportunity to be close to home and coach my son, the youngest of my children, in his senior year of high school as he prepares for college.”