In his five 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 the likes of Braylon Rayson and Chris Fowler.
Rayson graduated after the 2016-17 season third in program history with 1,885 career points. Fowler developed into one of the Mid-American Conference’s top players and one of the most highly decorated players in program history.
In 2016-17, the Chippewas averaged 88.3 points per game, which ranked third among the 347 teams in NCAA Division I. CMU led the nation with 399 3-pointers and was second in triples per game (12.5) and free throw percentage (.791).
That team was led by the explosive guard duo of Marcus Keene and Rayson, who combined to average more than 50 points per game. Keene became the first NCAA Division I player in 20 years to average 30 points per game.
Both Keene and Rayson, along with Fowler and another recent CMU alum, Rayshawn Simmons, are playing professionally.
Gamble joined coach Keno Davis’ Chippewa staff in 2012-13 after serving under Davis at Providence for two seasons, 2010-11 and 2011-12. The Friars’ MarShon Brooks led the BIG EAST and ranked second nationally in scoring at 24.6 points per game during the ’10-11 season. He was selected in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft.
Gamble broke into the coaching ranks at Illinois Springfield, helping get the NAIA school’s program off the ground in 2002-03.
He coached the Prairie Stars for eight seasons, compiling a 130-79 record and winning one American Midwest Conference regular-season championship and two AMC Tournament titles. He was twice named the AMC Coach of the Year.
Gamble played for 10 years in the NBA, primarily with the Boston Celtics after being 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.
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.