Terry Gamble enters his second season as the Blinn College head volleyball coach with 23 years of experience coaching at the collegiate level. He was inducted into the NJCAA Volleyball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2007 after winning three NJCAA volleyball championships and three NJCAA Coach of the Year awards.
In his career, he has compiled a 901-312 record (.743 winning percentage).
Under Gamble's direction, the Buccaneers posted a 29-10 record and finished the season ranked No. 17 in the nation in 2018. Blinn went undefeated in conference play with an 8-0 record for the Region XIV South Zone Division Championship. After an outstanding first season at Blinn, which included his 900th career win, Gamble was named the Region XIV South Zone Division Coach of the Year.
In 2018, six Buccaneers were awarded all-conference honors, two received all-Region XIV Tournament honors, and four moved on to four-year universities to continue their playing careers. Shelby Sheets was named a NJCAA All-American, AVCA Two-Year College All-American, and the Region XIV All-Conference Volleyball Player of the Year, and Roxanne Morris was named the Region XIV All-Conference Setter of the Year. In addition, Blinn was named a 2019 NJCAA Academic Team of the Year for maintaining a team grade point average of 3.0 or better throughout the academic year.
Gamble came to Blinn after four seasons as Jacksonville State University’s head coach, where he took the team to three conference tournaments. Gamble spent four seasons at McNeese State University, one season as the head coach at the former Midland Lutheran College, now Midland University, and spent one year as a first assistant coach at Texas Tech in 2009.
A majority of Gamble’s coaching career has been spent at the junior college level. From 2005 to 2008, Gamble served as the head coach at Iowa Western Community College. In 2006, Gamble was voted the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) National Coach of the Year after guiding the Reivers to the NJCAA National Championship that year. He also was named the AVCA Midwest Region Coach of the Year and coached the AVCA Player of the Year in 2006. He took IWCC to a seventh-place finish at the National Championships in 2007 and a fourth-place finish in 2008.
Gamble had a successful run as head coach at St. Clair County Community College from 1999 to 2004, where he led the Skippers to national championship titles in 2000 and 2004 and to a third-place finish in 2001.
His first coaching stint was at Mott Community College from 1995 to 1998. In 1998, he led Mott to a ninth-place finish at the National Championships.
Gamble had a Top 20 National Ranking in 15 of his 16 junior college seasons and also was elected to the Port Huron Sports Hall of Fame and Iowa Western Sports Hall of Fame.
Gamble's coaching honors also include three District C Coach of the Year awards, three District D Coach of the Year awards, one District 8 Coach of the Year, seven Regional Coach of the Year honors, and seven Conference Coach of the Year accolades. He has won eight regional championships, six state championships, and 13 conference championships, and has coached 15 All-Americans, 20 Academic All-Americans, three NJCAA National Players of the Year, 17 all-tournament players, 19 regional players of the year, 35 all-region tournament players, 14 conference players of the year, 38 all-state/all-region players, 47 all-conference and 31 all-conference honorable mention players. He also was selected the president of the NJCAA Coaches Association in 2007.
Gamble graduated from the U.S. Sports Academy. He was an All-American setter and helped win a national championship in 1997 with Western Michigan’s club team.
Gamble lives in Brenham with his wife, Krista, along with their three puppies, Thor, Loki, and Juco. He has three children, Kyle, Kristi, and Kody, and two stepchildren, Austin and Kourtlyn, along with five grandchildren.