WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Williams College football team will open the 2014 season in its new stadium. The facility will also have a new name.
The new football and lacrosse facility will be named Farley-Lamb Field for former football coach Dick Farley and lacrosse coach Renzie Lamb.
"I am flattered and humble," said Lamb, "and I am really pleased to be behind the hyphen. It’s Farley, hyphen, Lamb field."
Farley was the head football coach at Williams from 1987-2003 and has been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Lamb was the head lacrosse coach at Williams from 1968-2003, and was a football assistant during the same time. He was on Farley’s staff and they were assistants together under the late Bob Odell.
"It’s a great honor," said Farley. "It’s longevitiy, I think. It’s a pleasure to share the name with Renzie."
The project began once the 2013 football season ended. The football field should be ready for the home opener in September. It will be officially dedicated on Saturday, Oct. 11, when Middlebury visits.
"Things are good. It’s on schedule," Williams football coach Aaron Kelton said. "Hopefully on Aug. 29, we’ll have the keys and be able to use it full time. That’ll be great."
In addition to a new artificial turf field for football and lacrosse, there will be a new field for the sport of field hockey and the track will run around that. There is also a major building under construction to house locker rooms and trainer’s facilities for the sports that use the complex. The fields will also be lit for night use.
"They are two wonderful coaches that have given our students some extradorinary experiences over long careers," said Williams president Adam Falk. "What we honor at Williams, more than anything else, is the impact our coaches have on student-athletes. To name a field after two extraordinary coaches like that captures everything that the college is all about."
Both coaches have outstanding resumes.
Farley was an assistant at Williams from 1972-86, and took over for Odell in 1987. After going 4-4 in his first season. Farley led the Ephs to their first perfect 8-0 season in 1989 and five in all. He coached Williams to a sixth unbeaten season, going 7-0-1 in 1995. His record was 114-19-3.
During his tenure at Williams, Farley coached such All-Americans as Bobby Walker and Ethan Brooks. Brooks went on to play nine years in the National Football League. Farley also coached current Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson at Williams.
Two of Farley’s former players are Division I assistant coaches. Mike Bajakian is the offensive coordinator at Tennessee, while Sean Gleeson is the running backs coach at Princeton.
Lamb was an assistant football coach and head lacrosse coach from 1968-2003. As the lacrosse coach, Lamb led the Ephs to nine consecutive ECAC tournaments. There were no NESCAC tourneys then.
Under Lamb, Williams twice won the New England Division II-III championship (1973, 1979), and the Ephs also won the Division III title in 1994.
Thirty different Williams players earned All-America honors, and Lamb finished with a record of 260-183-2.
Farley and Lamb will join the ranks of Carl Samuelsson, Robert Muir, John Chandler, andTony Plansky -- all of who have had athletic facilities named for them.
"When I first came here, I got to meet the Muirs, the Planskys, the Coombses and the Shaws and everybody else," Farley said. "I knew as a youngster, they had been here for quite a long period of time.
"I never thought in a million years that I’d stay as long as I did. I enjoyed, quite, frankly, the two-sport experience. I enjoyed football and track and it was a great place to raise a family.
"I have no regrets."