Mesa hires Gamble to lead track team
Colorado Mesa University feels it’s making a safe bet in hiring its new track and field coach.
The school announced on Monday the program will be led by Brad Gamble, an Eagle Valley High School graduate who spent the past three years coaching track at Chadron State. A national champion in the indoor heptathlon at Chadron, he coached six individual NCAA champions, 26 All-Americans and 36 RMAC champs.
“We are really excited to have Brad on board,” Mesa co-Athletic Director Kris Mort said in a press release. “Being a Colorado native and an experienced coach in the RMAC, we think he will take our program in the direction we would like it to go.”
Gamble this past season guided the Chadron State’s women’s team to a third-place finish in the NCAA Division II indoor national meet, giving the school its first team trophy finish in any sport. He was also the RMAC’s coach of the year in 2016.
Gamble takes over for Brian Beeman, who along with his brother and assistant coach Michael Beeman were fired by then-Athletic Director Tom Spicer after athletes complained to administrators about the way they were being treated. That’s where the new CMU coach hopes to make a change.
“No. 1, this will be about establishing a new culture,” Gamble said. “We need to do what it takes to be successful, and the roots of that is hard work. That’s what it takes to be successful on a national level.”
Gamble was also the national runner-up in the outdoor decathlon the same year he won the heptathlon title as a Chadron athlete.
In high school, he was a five-time state champion at Eagle Valley and also played football for longtime Devils coach John Ramunno, the brother of Palisade High School football coach Joe Ramunno.
“On a personal level, being back in the Grand Junction area and on the Western Slope is terrific,” Gamble said. “On a professional level, it’s a great challenge because I feel the program could grow a lot.”
Mesa had three All Americans this past season. Nolan Ellis was an eighth-place finisher in the pole vault pole vault at outdoor nationals and was fifth in the national indoor meet, and John Cusick’s fourth-place finish in the 1,500 meters was the best finish since the program was reinstated in 2012. D’Angelo Foster took seventh in the indoor heptathlon.
Gamble’s first official day on the job will be Aug. 14.