January 08, 2014
Contact Football Camps Congratulates West Chester University’s Football Team on the Lambert Award
Contact Football Camp Director and West Chester University’s head Coach, Bill Zwaan led his team to claiming the Lambert Award for Division II.
San Rafael, CA January 8, 2014 - Contact Football Camp Director and West Chester University’s Head Coach, Bill Zwaan guided his team to being named ECAC Meadowlands Football Award Winner for Division II . It marks the fourth time in school history that the Golden Rams have won the award.
The Lambert Meadowlands Football Award each year is given to the top team in the East within each level of competition (Division I-FCS, Division II and Division III). West Chester last won the award in 2006. The Golden Rams were also winners in 1967 and 2004. This is the third time in head coach Bill Zwaan's 11-year tenure that West Chester has been presented with the Lambert Award.
West Chester completed its storybook season by reaching the NCAA Division II national semifinals and authoring an overall record of 13-2. Along the way, the Golden Rams won a share of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division title and captured the Super Region 1 championship with its 28-7 victory over Shepherd in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA II Playoffs. West Chester avenged its only regular-season loss to Bloomsburg with a victory over the Huskies in the second round of the playoffs. The Golden Rams fell to Lenoir-Rhyne in the national semifinals, ending its postseason run. West Chester's 13 victories set a new school record for wins in a single season, and the team either tied or broke 33 school records during the 2013 campaign.
Established in 1936 as the Lambert Trophy to recognize supremacy in Eastern college football, the award has since grown to recognize the best team in the East in the Bowl Subdivision. In 1957, the Lambert Cup was created to recognize non-Division I-A teams, and in 1966 a Division III award was added. In 1983, the Lambert family decided the Meadowlands Sports Complex would be the best organization with a sincere and involved interest in college athletics to sponsor and manage the award, and since that time, the awards have been known as the Lambert Meadowlands Awards.
To be eligible for the Lambert Meadowlands Award, a school must be located in the East or play at least half of its schedule against eligible Lambert teams. The territory includes New York, New Jersey, New England and Pennsylvania, while teams in the bordering states of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia and the District of Columbia qualify if at least half of their schedule features eligible teams. Teams in Eastern-based football conferences, regardless of location, qualify if at least half their schedule is against Lambert eligible teams.
“Contact Football Camps congratulates Coach Zwaan and his team” Mike de Surville Vice President of US Sports Camps stated. “It is of great honor to receive the Lambert Award and it solidifies the accomplishments of West Chester Football this season.”
About US Sports Camps
US Sports Camps (USSC), headquartered in San Rafael, California, is America's largest sports camp network and the licensed operator of NIKE Sports Camps. The company has offered summer camps since 1975 with the same mission that defines it today: to shape a lifelong enjoyment of athletics through high quality sports education and skill enhancement.