Gamble felt the school was a perfect fit for him and knows the area well after spending time serving as an assistant coach at St. Anthony under the legendary Bob Hurley.
“It’s nice to be back in the area,” Gamble told NJ Advance Media. “I’ve run into four or five people in Jersey City and Hudson County that I hadn’t seen in four or five years.”
Gamble was in talks with a basketball academy in Virginia but felt Marist was the better choice.
“Marist reached out to me and I felt it was more natural because I knew the landscape,” Gamble said.
Gamble finds himself in familiar territory taking over a struggling program in need of a culture change. He did it as head coach at Cardinal McCarrick prior to the school’s closing and turned around Mater Dei over his three years at the school prior to resigning in June.
Marist went 10-16 last season.
“I’m putting Mater Dei behind me,” Gamble said. “I’m moving on to my next chapter and I’m excited.”
Gamble went 74-12 at Mater Dei with two shore conference championships (2016 and 2017) and three Shore Conference final appearances. The 2016 championship - a 50-43 win over Christian Brothers - was the program's first SCT title.