New director a big guy with a big heart

By Curtis J Phillips

Jonathan Lambert is a big guy with a big heart.

It was announced recently that the Fort McMurray Composite High School Athletic Director, a position he had held since 2005, has taken on a new position at Keyano College starting July 3, 2013.

It has a long title.

Here goes-Associate Athletic Director of Sport & Student Wellness.

The job duties are across the board – involvement in the operations of the Syncrude Sports & Wellness Centre facility, programming, events, compliance, recruitment, retention, coach mentorship, conference development, budget management, revenue generation – with the Keyano Huskies the main focus.

To find out more about the man, CONNECT popped by his office down at Composite.

You can tell a lot about a person from the décor of their office.

Sitting down into a chair shaped like a basketball with the NBA logo, it is evident that Lambert is a hoops fanatic.

Two large framed North Carolina Tar Heels basketball prints on the wall behind me confirm that.

His passion for the Tar Heels is no doubt earned from up close and not afar, in that the Memorial University of Newfoundland graduate was a teacher and assistant varsity basketball coach at Terry Sanford High School from 2000-2005 in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

All that is missing is the Carolina drawl in his voice?

Also on the walls of his office are various high school team photos and school pictures of the various students he has either taught or coached.

His office is alive, not busy or cluttered, but alive with memories. There are few open spots remaining.

Perhaps that is the reason he is taking the next step in his career.

“I’m ready for a new change,” said Lambert, 38, who has had association with Keyano Huskies athletics the last six years as an assistant coach with the Keyano Huskies men’s basketball team. “Composite has been an awesome place to work but it was time to take on a new challenge.”

“I’m really looking forward to promoting Huskies’ brand in the community. My goal is to make Keyano Huskies the first thing kids think of when they finish high school and want to continue their post-secondary career as a student/athlete.”

In the world of sports memorabilia if you have a Babe Ruth used or game worn baseball item it is probably a good investment.

In the world of hockey memorabilia Wayne Gretzky finds the top bids.


Local collectors Shawn Chaulk made national and international headlines recently with the announcement that he was to auction off majority of his Gretzky collection which is considered the largest to be found.

Among the items up for bid is Gretzky’s 500th goal game-worn jersey which he also wore for the Edmonton Oilers 1987 Stanley Cup finals.

With the auction ending June 18, 2013 the current bid for the jersey as of this writing is a whopping $126,377!

Condolences out to the family of local soccer player Ronan O’Connor who recently died.

The former Fort McMurray Fury star represented our region at the 2002 and 2004 Arctic Winter Games and the 1997 Alberta Summer Games to name a few of his highlights.

Catch you on the rebound.