Wake Forest announces hiring of Brad Lambert as defensive coordinator

With Lyle Hemphill heading to Duke to join Mike Elko’s staff, Wake Forest was in the market for a new defensive coordinator. To fill that need, Dave Clawson dipped into Wake Forest’s past: the Demon Deacons will hire Brad Lambert away from Purdue to become the defensive coordinator.

Lambert was a key part of Jim Grobe’s coaching staff at Wake Forest for nearly a decade: 2001-10. For three years, Lambert served as the program’s defensive coordinator: 2008-10. After the 2010 season, Lambert left to become the head coach of the newly-launched Charlotte program.

After leaving Charlotte, Lambert spent time as the defensive coordinator for Marshall (2019-20) and Purdue (2021).