Linfield Wildcats

Bob Lamb

Athlete 1963 - 1968

Bob Lamb Bob Lamb, from the class of 1968, defined the term "impact player" in the mid-1960s.

Lamb was a four-year basketball letterwinner as a guard for Hall of Fame coach Ted Wilson. He helped the Wildcats reach the NAIA national tournament three consecutive seasons, playing side-by-side with Linfield Hall of Fame greats Don Hakala and John Lee.

As a senior in 1966-67, he was honored as the Northwest Conference's most valuable player, leading Linfield to a 23-6 record and its third consecutive conference title. That season, he averaged 16.9 points and 5.2 rebounds a game, receiving honorable mention NAIA All-America distinction. The Wildcats lost a hard-fought 80-75 decision to eventual national champion St. Benedict.

"Bob was well-liked by his teammates with a quiet demeanor and wicked sense of humor," said former Wildcats teammate Wayne Petersen. "He was an excellent shooter and a tenacious defender." His deadly jumper set up his trademark "step through" move, according to Petersen.

In 1989, his athletic accomplishments were galvanized when he was inducted into the NAIA District 2 Hall of Fame.

Following graduation, he spent four years as a high school boys basketball coach at Regis High School in Stayton, before moving over to coach for 25 years at Tillamook High School. His 1996 Tillamook team beat Sutherlin 49-48 to capture the Class 3A state championship with a 26-2 overall record. His career coaching record of 468-216 included 14 league championships, 11 of those at Tillamook.

As a senior at Tigard High School in 1963, he was a first team all-state basketball tournament selection under Linfield Hall of Famer Don Porter.

Bob and his wife, Laurie, are retired and live in Tillamook. They have five grown children and eight grandchildren. He continues to serve as volunteer coach at Tillamook High School.