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Davis, Gamble reunited at Central Michigan

[ 0 ] April 18, 2012 |
Central Michigan coach Keno Davis (right)

Back in February, former Iowa and NBA guard Kevin Gamble was  playing the waiting game.

He’d given up his head coaching job at Illinois-Springfield in the spring of 2010, after eight seasons, to join the staff of Keno Davis at Providence.

But after the 2010-11 season, Gamble’s first on the staff as the Friars’ coordinator of player development and video operations, Davis was fired by Providence and Gamble was also out of work. While Davis caught on with the Big Ten Network as a color analyst and did studio work during the 2011-12 season, Gamble waited.

“I’m ready whenever Keno gets a (coaching) job,” Gamble,47,  told the Register in early February when he returned to Iowa City for the 25-year reunion of his 1986-87 Iowa team. “Coaching is what I want to do.”

The wait ended Wednesday. Davis ,who was hired by Central Michigan as the school’s head coach earlier this month, added Gamble to his staff Wednesday.

“I feel very fortunate to have Kevin on our staff,” Davis said. “His experiences as a head coach and professional player give us a unique perspective and he will really help our student-athletes reach their potential both on and off the court. He was known for not only his ability to score but also for being one of the better defenders at his position.”

Gamble, who is from Springfield, Ill., played for Keno’s dad, Tom Davis, his final season at Iowa and used a strong senior season – averaging 11.9 points on a 30-5 team – as the catalyst for a 10-year NBA career. Gamble had a 130-79 record at Illinois-Springfield, and was named American Midwest Conference coach of the year twice.

Gamble will return to the arena he once called home, Carver-Hawkeye Arena, on Nov.12 when the Chippewas play their second game of the 2012-13 season against Iowa in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

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About Rick Brown: Rick Brown covers men's basketball for The Des Moines Register and Hawk Central. He's married and the father of two. He also covers golf for the Register. View author profile.

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