Gamblin, Scott, Caulfield making jump to Mount Allison
© Dave Mathieson - Amherst Daily News
Matt Gamblin, seen here surrounded by senior Vikings basketball players during a time out, is now the head coach of the Mount Allison Mounties women’s basketball team
SACKVILLE - The Matt Gamblin has been named the new head coach of the Mounties' women's basketball program.
Gamblin begins his role as head coach effective immediately.
"I am very excited to become part of the Mount Allison family. I will instill high expectations into our players and a defense-first mentality to the team," said Gamblin. "I am eager to contribute to an already well developed basketball program and look forward to building a championship culture here at Mount Allison."
Gamblin's appointment as head coach at Mount Allison means he will departing as head coach of the Amherst Regional High School Vikings, which won the 2013 Division 2 provincial championship.
"We are very pleased to introduce Matt as the new head coach of our Mounties' women's basketball program," said Pierre Arsenault, Mount Allison Director of Athletics and Recreation. "I am very impressed with Matt's professionalism when it comes to preparing his teams for success.
"We are serious about our varsity programs having competitive success and I have great confidence that Matt and his coaching staff will elevate our women's basketball program in many tangible ways," he added.
Joining Gamblin on the move to Mount Allison will be April Scott and John Caufield.
Scott was a first-year head coach with the junior varsity Vikettes basketball program at ARHS in the 2012-2013 season, and Caufield was working as Gamblin's assistant in the Vikings' high school boys' program.
Gamblin will take over the program from the departing Al Hart, who retired from Mounties' basketball after 17 years as head coach.
During that span, the Mounties won four ACAA championships.
"We wish to thank Coach Hart for his many years of dedicated contributions to Mounties' basketball," said Arsenault. "He has been a true professional and our program is strong and vibrant today because of his passion and commitment to our student athletes."