In 2011, Brad Lambert took on the responsibility of building the 49ers upstart football program from scratch. Now in his eighth overall season as the program’s architect, Lambert leads the 49ers into their sixth season of competition and fourth season at the FBS level.
The 49ers played for two years (2013; 2014) as an FCS Independent before making their debut in the FBS as a member of Conference USA in 2015.
Along the way, Lambert has overseen a string of firsts, including a win in the 49ers’ first-ever game, a win in the 49ers’ first-ever FBS game, the program’s first C-USA wins and the first 49ers player to be drafted by and start in the NFL.
In 2017, as Charlotte’s First Class graduated to become pro prospects, the 49ers faced its first season without its foundational class. The 49ers posted their first C-USA home win, a 25-24 OT victory vs. UAB in which the 49ers converted a two-point conversion with the game on the line. Seven 49ers were named Honorable Mention all-Conference USA while Karrington King became the program’s all-time leading tackler despite cutting his senior season short with an injury in game 7 at WKU.