CHADRON – Brad Gamble has been hired as an assistant cross country and track and field coach, Chadron State College athletic director Brad Smith announced Thursday.
Gamble, a native of Eagle, Colo., will assist CSC track and field head coach Ryan Baily with men’s and women’s cross country, while also helping coach track and field events, including the multi events, hurdles and jumps. Cross country was added early this fall and begins competition in the fall of 2012.
“It’s great to have Brad here,” Baily said. “Having him coach track and field is going to allow me time to build our cross country team. He has an array of knowledge and he’s going to bring a lot of energy and focus to our program.”
Gamble is no stranger to Chadron State. Despite only competing for the Eagles’ track and field team one year, he distinguished himself both indoors and outdoors. He set a Division II Indoor Track and Field National Championship meet record while winning the heptathlon in March and he followed that up with a runner-up finish in the decathlon at the outdoor national championships.
He hopes his triumphs as a student-athlete translates to coaching.
“I’m excited to help the program grow and to help the team win conference titles and to compete for national titles,” Gamble said. “It’s a good opportunity to work under Coach Baily and to continue to grow as a coach.”
Gamble also had a solid career at Hastings College, becoming a two-time All-American before graduating with a degree in physical education in 2010. Following his graduation, he taught at Eagle Valley High, his alma mater, and coached the throws. While he was at the Colorado State Meet that spring he became acquainted with Baily and decided to use his final year of eligibility at Chadron State.
“I’m really happy to be here,” Gamble said. “I’m familiar with the team and program and it’s a great fit for me.”
—Alex Helmbrecht, Sports Information Director
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