By Paul Hines
MT. VERNON —
Scott Gamber has resigned as Rams basketball head coach after six seasons.
“It was obviously a really hard decision because being the head coach of Mt. Vernon is something I really enjoy and really liked my time doing it,” Gamber said.
The resignation was approved at Monday's MVTHS school board meeting. A major factor in the decision is the child he and his wife Jessica are expecting in the coming weeks, Gamber said.
“With a child on the way in the next few weeks and all that, I just wanted to lessen some of my responsibilities,” Gamber said. “I still want to be very involved in the program. It's just at this time, (I) did not want to do it in the head coach capacity.
“I definitely want to stay in the Mt. Vernon basketball program. I really hope that can happen.”
Gamber had five winning seasons during his time as head coach and amassed 103 career wins to 68 defeats. The Rams played in a pair of 3A regional title games during that period.
He is tied for sixth in terms of longest tenure as the school's head boys basketball coach. Howard Ross (15 years), Doug Creel (13 years), Lee Emery (10 years), Stan Changnon (9 years) and Keith Law (8 years) all coached longer. Floyd Stables also coached the Rams for six years.
Gamber started as the head coach, taking over for Doug Creel, in the 2008-09 season. He was previously an assistant for Creel.
Gamber said he started thinking more about stepping down from the head coaching position after the end of the season in early March.
“I wanted to let some time go by to where emotion did not play into it as much,” Gamber said. “I let some time go, tried to take my mind off of it. Really in the last month, I've thought about it more and just decided that was the right thing to do.”
Gamber said he approached MVTHS Superintendent Michael Smith about a week ago to discuss the topic and later made his resignation official Thursday before the board approved the measure at Monday.
“I don't want to coach anywhere else but Mt. Vernon, but at this time the head coach responsibilities I just want to step away from,” Gamber said. “Hopefully one day I will be able to have the opportunity again, but for now I think this is best. It's simply that. The administration at Mt. Vernon has been great. The school board's been great. They've never put one ounce of pressure on me and it's not been anything like that. I couldn't ask for a better situation when it comes to our administration, our athletic director, all that.”
Mt. Vernon finished this season 15-13 and opened the postseason with an opening round regional loss to Marion. The previous two seasons the Rams advanced to the regional final. Gamber also piloted the Rams to back-to-back 22-7 seasons in 2011 and 2012.
“The last few years, not as many wins as I would like,” Gamber said. “I don't know if you ever have that, but we were able to be above .500 both years.
“The only pressure I felt was the pressure that I felt inside.”