Posted by Chip Patterson
The last time a football game was played at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte was 1948. On Tuesday, the athletic department is expected to make one of their most important moves towards bringing back football in 2013. According to David Scott, of the Charlotte Observer, the rebranded Charlotte 49ers will introduce Wake Forest defensive coordinator Brad Lambert as the first head coach of the revitalized program.
Lambert, 46, will be allowed to begin recruiting players immediately for an inagural 2012 class that will redshirt prior to the first season in 2013. He will also be allowed to hire up to two assistant coaches this year, before filling out the staff in 2012. Charlotte will initially be playing at the FCS level, competing against a mixed schedule of FCS and Division II opponents. Scott remarked that the 49ers plan for building seems to be following in the footsteps of Old Dominion, which got started in 2009 and has gone 17-5 in their two seasons of existence.
But it all starts with the head coach. Lambert's track record at Wake Forest is impressive, both as defensive coordinator and as a linebackers coach. In 2008, his first season as defensive coordinator, the Demon Deacons had one of their best defensive seasons in the program's history. They held opponents to under 300 yards of total offense per game, and benefited from the leadership of linebacker Aaron Curry - now a standout with the Seattle Seahawks.
The 49ers will play their first game on Aug. 31, 2013. For more information about the program visit www.Charlotte49erFootball.com