MT. VERNON —
There were emotional highs and lows, but as a whole Scott Gamber said he enjoyed his time as the Rams basketball head coach.
Gamber took over the head coaching role before the 2008-09 season after being an assistant coach on Doug Creel's staff. He officially resigned on Monday after six seasons. He compiled a 103-68 career record.
“I really enjoyed the whole career,” Gamber said.
Along the way there were highs and lows.
Gamber started his career with an 18-10 record his opening season. Half of the losses came against bitter rival Centralia.
“We played them close every time, but we just could not get over that hump, but we got second in the conference that year by ourselves,” Gamber said. “Centralia went 10-0.”
He said he never felt pressure from the MVTHS administration or former coach Doug Creel. He added that Creel was ready to deflect any criticism from the outside, which allowed him to completely focus on coaching.
There was some self doubt though, and it came during his only losing season of the six he spent as head coach. Gamber's second year, Mt. Vernon ended with an 11-18 mark.
“We had a good year the first year, but then I had a bad second year and that year was a lot of self doubt because you look at the first year a lot of those kids had played for Doug the prior year,” Gamber said. “So those kids had been in that system.
“The second year when we kind of went down (I) felt a lot of guilt about that.”
Gamber's third season started the best run for the Rams during his head coaching stretch. It was the first of two straight 22-win seasons.
The Rams dealt with a pair of significant injuries to post players Ian Randolph and Dovontious Gordon that season but still managed to surpass the 20-win mark and contend for a South Seven Conference crown.