University of Washington

Former UW football coach Jim Lambright pleads not guilty to assualt charge

Former University of Washington football coach Jim Lambright pleaded not guilty Tuesday to accusations he assaulted his adult granddaughter at his Snohomish home.

Lambright is charged with assault in the fourth degree-domestic violence, a gross misdemeanor, He was released on his own recognizance a day after his arrest June 18.

According to charging papers:

Lambright grabbed his 23-year-old granddaughter by her arms, pulled her to the floor, and tried to drag her out of his house by her ankle June 18. She broke free and called 911.

Lambright told authorities his granddaughters often visit, and he was frustrated with their attitude, and that the 23-year-old had refused to leave when he asked.

His wife told investigators he suffers from dementia and “explosive disorder,” and has shoved her during their 34-year marriage.

Lambright did not appear at his Aug. 6 arraignment, which the judge then rescheduled for Tuesday.

A warrant was authorized, but not issued for Lambright’s arrest, giving him another chance to appear, which deputy prosecutor Michael Boska said is a fairly standard procedure.

A no-contact order was issued by the judge to protect the granddaughter, Boska said.

Contact information for Lambright or his attorney was not available Wednesday.

Lambright was the coach of the Huskies from 1993-98 and had a 44-25-1 record. He played at UW as well, and was an assistant coach from 1969-92. He was defensive coordinator under coach Don James starting in 1977.