Tuesday, June 29, 2010

It's official: Gamble, UIS bid farewell

The University of Illinois Springfield and Kevin Gamble made official Gamble’s resignation as head basketball coach on Monday.

Gamble will be taking over a position with NCAA Division I Providence College in Providence, R.I., as the director of player development and video operations. Gamble, who was a member of Lanphier’s 1983 Class AA state championship basketball team and had an 11-year career in the NBA, was the first basketball coach in the fledgling UIS program.

“We thank Kevin for all he has done for UIS and the Springfield community,” UIS Director of Athletics Dr. Rodger Jehlicka said in a statement. “We want our coaches to achieve their goals both personally and professionally and coaching at the Division I level has always been one of Kevin’s dreams. We wish Kevin nothing but success and his family the best as they move east.”

Gamble was 130-79 as the Prairie Stars’ head coach and oversaw the program’s development from NAIA to NCAA Division II.

The news was featured in a June 29, 2010, article in The State Journal-Register.

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