Former Calhoun star Tre Lamb next ETSU coach

Staff File Photo / Former Calhoun High School quarterback Tre Lamb (1) was named the head football coach at East Tennessee State University Monday.
Staff File Photo / Former Calhoun High School quarterback Tre Lamb (1) was named the head football coach at East Tennessee State University Monday.

Former Calhoun High School quarterback Tre Lamb was hired as the next head football coach at East Tennessee State University, the school's website confirmed Monday afternoon.

"I am very excited that Tre Lamb is going to lead our program into the future," ETSU Director of Athletics Dr. Richard Sander stated on the website. "We completed a very extensive and wide-ranging search. The amount of interest spoke volumes about what very successful coaches think about the potential of ETSU football. As we vetted candidates and talked to people in the inner circle of college football, it became very clear that Tre Lamb was one the most exciting, young successful coaches in the country.

"For me, it was extremely important to have someone with successful head coaching experience and who knows how to recruit at our level and be able to navigate the transfer portal. Coach Lamb has done both. He checks every box that I created when I was developing the right profile. Everybody needs to get on board because great things are ahead for ETSU football."

Lamb was a first-team all-state selection for Calhoun in 2007 after passing for 2,232 yards and 27 touchdowns. Playing for his father, Hal, he posted a 21-4 overall record as a starter and was part of a 23-year postseason run by the Yellow Jackets.

After playing collegiately at Tennessee Tech University, Tre Lamb became the quarterbacks coach in Cookeville in 2103, then served the same role at Mercer from 2014-17, where he helped coach one of his Calhoun successors, Kaelan Riley, to the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year honors in 2017.

Lamb spent the last four seasons as the head coach at Gardner-Webb University, where he led the Running' Bulldogs to back-to-back conference championships and FCS playoff appearances.

"I want to thank Dr. Noland and Doc Sander for the opportunity to lead a proud ETSU football program in the Southern Conference," Lamb was quoted as saying on the ETSU website. "The pieces are in place to compete immediately and make an impact in the Tri-Cities area. I want our players to work extremely hard on and off the field.

"We want to build a blue-collar brand that attracts the best student-athletes from high school programs in the Southeast as well as the transfer portal. It is important that we create a culture that retains players and builds relationships with them. The community support is important to me and my new staff and team. Johnson City is a great place to live and raise my family. I believe we will do great things and compete for national championships!"

Contact Lindsey Young at lyoung@timesfreepress.com

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