MC plans celebration to honor Schram, Lambert

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Maryville College witnessed a pair of legendary coaches reach the 500-win mark during the 2006-2007 year, and the Division III school would like to celebrate their historic accomplishments.

A "Celebration of Excellence" is planned for April 12 to honor the accomplishments of volleyball coach and associate athletics director Kandis Schram and men’s basketball coach and director of athletics Randy Lambert for eclipsing the 500 plateau as coaches at Maryville this past season. The event, to include remarks from Maryville president Gerald Gibson, will be in Humphreys Courtyard at 4 p.m.

Schram, a 1985 graduate of Maryville, completed her 21st season at the helm of the volleyball program. On September 13, 1986, she earned her first collegiate coaching victory against Bryan College. On October 10th, Schram’s 2006 squad helped her earn her 500th win with a sweep of Fisk University.

Her 100th career win came at Methodist College in 1985, the same season she guided the Scots to a WIAC Championship. Schram earned her 200th against Mary Washington College on October 23, 1993, the same year she returned the Scots to the NCAA tournament. She’s since taken her Scots to the national tourney on six occasions and has won six Great South Athletic Conference titles.

Last fall, Schram was inducted into the Maryville College Wall of Fame.

Lambert, a 1976 graduate of Maryville, has just concluded his 27th season on the hill. His 2006-2007 squad presented him with a double distinction on February 24. As the Scots claimed the Great South Athletic Conference title with a win over LaGrange College, they also earned Coach Lambert his 500th career coaching victory. The hardwood mentor is 501-222 during his career for a .693 winning percentage.

Lambert began his career in 1980 and won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championship during the 1984-1985 season. He has guided the Scots to 14 NCAA tournament appearances. His Scots have gone to the big dance the last nine consecutive seasons, winning at least a first-round game on each occasion, establishing a new NCAA mark for first round consecutive victories.

Lambert was inducted into the Maryville College Wall of Fame in 1990.

The dynamic coaching duo leads an athletic program that has posted two consecutive GSAC President’s Cups, six overall. Maryville has won 33 Great South Athletic Conference team titles since the formation of the conference in 2000.

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