Airline taps a baseball assistant with plenty of softball chops to lead Lady Vikings

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Mark Lambert moves over from the Airline baseball dugout to the Lady Vikings’ diamond for the 2024 season, taking over the helm of Airline’s powerful softball program.

But it’s hardly new territory for Lambert.

While Lambert has been working as assistant baseball coach for the past three seasons, and one prior, he has plenty of experience as a head softball coach, at Parkway, Byrd, Captain Shreve, and Centenary College.

Lambert, who has been coaching in the local area since 2003, was head softball coach at Captain Shreve for six seasons, the first two as co-head coach in 2006-07.

He moved to Centenary as head softball coach in 2011 for four seasons, then taught at Byrd High and was head softball coach for two years.

After moving to Parkway and serving as assistant baseball coach in 2017, he was the Lady Panthers’ head coach in the next two seasons before joining the Airline faculty as a business math teacher and assistant baseball coach in 2020.

Airline athletic director Toby Todd and AHS principal Justin James announced Lambert’s hiring. He replaces Brittany Frazier Smith, who took the softball post at Lakeside High in Webster Parish. The Lady Vikings were 73-31 in Smith’s four seasons, winning or sharing the District 1-5A title three times.