Mt. Vernon Register-News

April 22, 2014

Mt. Vernon looks to move quickly on basketball opening

Goal is to have official announcement in May

By Paul Hines


The summer is a critical time period in the development of a high school athlete.

With the resignation of Mt. Vernon boys basketball coach Scott Gamber becoming official at Monday's school board meeting, Mt. Vernon will look to move quickly to fill the position with summer workouts approaching. MVTHS principal Wes Olson said Tuesday the school will try to have a candidate at the May board meeting.

We'd like to have something official for the May board meeting so you're looking at a pretty quick turnaround here, but we do have some positions available, teaching-wise so we'll coordinate that to get that out there and get a pool of candidates together that we can bring in and start talking with.”

Olson added another goal of the school, in addition to moving quickly to find a replacement, is to find an individual who can coach and teach.

The Mt. Vernon boys basketball head coaching position will be advertised and posted by the end of Tuesday for interested candidates. Olson along with Superintendent Michael Smith and the administrative team, which includes the school's assistant principals will be involved in the candidate process.

The official hiring of the boys basketball position would require MVTHS school board approval. Next month's meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., May 19 at the high school in A building.

Gamber spent six years coaching the Rams basketball team and finished with five winning seasons. He ended his head coaching tenure with 103 wins. Gamber is one of seven coaches in the school's history to surpass the 100-win mark. The others are: Howard Ross (271), Doug Creel (240), Stan Changnon (230), Lee Emery (206), Harold Hutchins (108) and Keith Law (107).