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La Cañada High football turns to Lambert for revival

Football: Former Oak Hills High offensive coordinator is tabbed as program's next coach.

February 19, 2014|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com

Somewhere close to the intersection of poise and passion, youthfulness and experience is what La Cañada High officials believe they have in Ramsey Lambert.

The 31-year-old Hesperia resident was officially hired as the football program’s new head coach as was announced by the school Wednesday morning.

Lambert, who was born in Hawaii and who graduated from the University of Hawaii, takes over for two-year coach James Sims, whose contract was not renewed in late November.

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“I was informed last night after the [La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board Meeting] and it was official this morning,” said Lambert, who will also teach physical education and health full-time on campus. “I’m real excited.

“Initially, it was the community that had me sold, but after watching some film, I saw a lot promise with the kids, particularly the younger ones. To be able to succeed at a school with such high academic expectations calls for a certain type of student and I look forward to working with these young men.”

Lambert arrives at La Cañada after a two-year coaching stint at Oak Hills High in Hesperia under coach Robert Kistner.

“I knew when we first hired Ramsey that he wasn’t going to be here long,” Kistner said. “He’s a talented coordinator who has a great grasp of the game. I knew it was just a matter of time before he would become a head coach.”

Lambert was a defensive backs coach in 2012 before taking over the reins as Oak Hills’ offensive coordinator in 2013.

In two years at Oak Hills, the Bulldogs combined for a 20-4 record, two runner-up efforts within the Mojave League, which participates in the Eastern Division, and a 2-2 postseason mark.

In his lone year as offensive coordinator, Oak Hills thrived under his up-tempo shotgun spread offense and scored 40 or more points in nine of 12 contests.

“We ran an explosive offense in which any one of five players who touched the ball had the ability to score,” said Lambert, who played quarterback and cornerback at Hesperia High. “We were a quick team.”

That type of lightning offense was particularly appealing.

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