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Lambley honored by coaches' association

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 7/27/11

North Bend Central track coach Fred Lambley received the Binnie and Dutch Award at the 2011 Nebraska Coaches Association (NCA) banquet held on Sunday, July 24, at the Great Hall in the Train Station in Lincoln.

Fred Lambley

The “Binnie & Dutch Award” is presented annually to an individual making significant contributions to Track & Field in Nebraska. It was established to recognize two outstanding coaches. Wayne “Binnie” Binfield, a long time coach at Scottsbluff High School, coached for 42 years with stints at Crawford, Alliance and finally Scottsbluff. W.L. “Dutch” Zorn coached at Gothenburg for 27 years. In 1971, his final year of coaching, Zorn’s teams won 10 championships and the state title in Kearney.

Lambley has coached boys track and field for 49 years, with the last 35 years spent at NBC. His track teams have a record of 110-9 in duals and triangulars with 64 championships and 36 runner-ups in major meets. His teams have won 17 conference championships and 11 conference runner-ups. At NBC, his Tigers have won seven district championships and were runner-up four times. His 2001 team won the Class B state championship. Lambley has coached two all-class gold medalists, eight individual state champions, four relay state champions, nine individual state runner-ups and one relay team that was a state runner-up.

Lambley was named NCA coach of the year in track in 2001 and has been inducted into the Dana College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Lambley said his biggest thrills in coaching have been the 2001 state championship, coaching two son’s 3200-meter relay teams to gold metals at the state track meet, and having two sons and a daughter follow his footsteps into coaching track.

Lambley and his wife, Lois, live in Morse Bluff. They have five grown children, Bryce, Kevin, Scott, Jason and Megan.

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