In his four seasons at Central Michigan, Kevin Gamble has made a notable impact on the program, particularly in his areas of specialization, player development and offense.
Drawing upon his NBA roots, Gamble has overseen the progress and growth of several key Chippewas, including Chris Fowler, who developed into one of the Midwest's top point guards before graduating after the 2015-16 season, leaving as one of the most highly decorated players in program history.
In 2016, The Chippewas ranked among the top three in the Mid-American Conference in seven statistcal categories, including fewest total turnovers (first, 303), assist to turnover ratio (first, 1.46), turnovers per game (first, 9.2), and second in 3-point field goal attempts (917), 3-point field goals made (324) and 3-point field goals per game (9.8).
CMU ranked first nationally in fewest total turnovers, was second in turnovers per game and set a program record with 324 triples, surpassing the previous CMU best 322 set during the 2014-15 campaign.
In Gamble's first year at CMU, 2012-13, guard Kyle Randall led the MAC in scoring, averaging 18.7 points per game against conference opponents en route to earning Second Team All-MAC and NABC All-District recognition.
In Gamble's one season as a member of Keno Davis' staff at Providence, MarShon Brooks led the BIG EAST and ranked second nationally in scoring with a 24.6 points per game average. Brooks would go on to be selected in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft.
Gamble broke into the coaching ranks at Illinois-Springfield after a 10-year NBA career, primarily with the Boston Celtics. Gamble was the first head coach in Illinois-Springfield history, and he put together a 130-79 record over eight seasons and was twice named American Midwest Conference Coach of the Year.
He then became the coordinator of player development and video operations at Providence beginning in 2010-11.
Gamble played collegiately at Iowa for Dr. Tom Davis, Keno Davis' father, and was a member of the 1986-87 Iowa team that won 30 games and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.
Gamble was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers in the third round of the 1987 NBA Draft. He played with the Celtics from 1988-94 and finished his career with the Sacramento Kings in 1998.
|Year||School||Position||Overall Record||Conference Record|
|2010-11||Providence||Coordinator of Player Development and Video Operations|
|2011-12||Providence||Coordinator of Player Development and Video Operations|
|2012-13||Central Michigan||Assistant Coach|
|2013-14||Central Michigan||Assistant Coach|
|2014-15||Central Michigan||Assistant Coach|
|2015-16||Central Michigan||Assistant Coach|
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