Lambert is a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame. His citation is copied below:
Outstanding player in baseball and soccer, “Coke” headed the Washington College pitching staff in 1943, 1947, 1948, 1949. He won 36 games, lost 28, his best seasons being 1947 (13-5) and 1949, his senior year, when he went 12-8 and was also captain. Washington College won the Northern Division of the Mason-Dixon Conference that year, but bowed to American University in the playoffs.
In soccer he played in the three post-war years. In 1946, the first year for soccer at Washington College, the team won four, lost two. Coakley was a stalwart on defense at fullback. In his junior year, the team was the Mason-Dixon champion, with an 8-0 record. In 1949, with no regular coach, Coakley filled in and served as player-coach. The team won four, lost three, tied one.
Washington College athletic director Edward L. Athey in 1986 stamped Coakley as one of the top performers to play for Washington College. He was president of the Varsity Club and won the Simpers Medal in 1949.
After graduation Lambert Coakley went on to be an athletic director and coach in the Maryland Public School System for 32 years and was elected into the State High School Athletic Directors Hall of Fame.