Corey Lambert dismissed as head football coach at John Ehret on first day of school
What was rumored for months and even expected by many has occurred.
On the first official day of school in 2017, Corey Lambert has been dismissed as head football coach at John Ehret after five years on the job. Previously, Lambert had been relieved of his duties as assistant principal.
The Jefferson Parish Public School System released the following statement following reports of Lambert’s dismissal:
In February 2017, the Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) was notified of an outside investigation into the athletic program at John Ehret High School.
At that time, the District began its own investigation into the complaint. After a very lengthy and thorough investigation, JPPSS determined that a personnel action was warranted. This action was taken today. According to school board policy, the District does not release details of any personnel action.
While there is no official confirmation of the allegations, multiple sources confirm to CrescentCitySports.com that the reasons for the dismissal involved purging student-athletes from other West bank schools, as well as some lingering financial issues surrounding the program.
After growing up in the school community, Corey Lambert fashioned an outstanding career at John Ehret as a superb quarterback. He went on to serve as an assistant coach at the school under Billy North before becoming the head coach of his alma mater in 2012.
After going winless initially, Lambert quickly rebuilt the once powerful Patriots program into a winner, culminating with a Class 5A state championship game appearance in 2015. A year ago, Ehret reached the 5A quarterfinals, winning 10 games.
Lambert and John Ehret incurred issues in 2014, when the LHSAA placed Lambert under administrative probation for year and fined the school $250 after the school self-reported a pair of rules violations involving out-of-season practices and meetings. Lambert paid the fine himself and he was suspended for the West Bank Optimist Jamboree.
In Lambert’s time as head coach, 42 players from Ehret have moved on to play college football. Lambert says he plans on contesting the allegations and dismissal.
“I have no comment at this time,” Lambert said. “My attorney (Willie Zanders) and I will comment later. I will say this. I think they waited on Ray St. Pierre to pass away to make this move. Why would you make this decision now? Why now as opposed to earlier?”
Lambert remains a supporter of the program he was such a big part of.
“I love John Ehret High School,” Lambert said. “It was my dream job. I love the kids in the school and the athletic program. I have always tried to do what is good for the kids in Marrero. I encourage all of them to continue on the path that we have worked so hard to create. The year and season are still dedicated to our late great coach and educator, Mr. St. Pierre.”
St. Pierre, who coached at Ehret, passed away on July 31 after a bout with cancer. St. Pierre was an assistant coach at Ehret, part of the school’s first state championship in 1981, before serving as the head coach of the Patriots, winning a state championship in 1985. He went on to serve on the Jefferson Parish School Board from 1998 until the time of his passing and championed the cause of athletics in Jefferson Parish, particularly at John Ehret, where the athletic complex is named in his honor. He was a regular on the sideline at Ehret games, supporting Lambert and his teams, even talking with players during games.
An Interim coach is likely to be named quickly. Top candidates include Bryan Crayton (defensive coordinator). and secondary coach Delphrine Lee, who coached previously at Landry-Walker and former Bonnabel head coach and current Ehret running backs coach Reggie Rogers.
Lambert has been suspended with pay since March.
It is a sad ending to what was a good story of a neighborhood hero.
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