Jacksonville State University head women’s volleyball coach (both indoor and on the beach) Terry Gamble has been terminated from his position. Gamble has been the head coach of the Division I program in Jacksonville, Alabama since the 2014-2015 season. Sources tell VolleyMob that the team was informed via email on Friday, with a team meeting scheduled for Monday. The email said that they informed the athletes that the “University is making a change in leadership in our volleyball program, effective immediately.”
He came to JSU after a successful Junior College coaching career where he complied a 799-236 record and was elected into the NJCAA Volleyball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2007. That included 3 NJCAA national championships and 3 NJCAA Coach of the Year awards.
In 2014, he took over a team that was just 13-18 the prior season and led them to an 18-16 finish – their first winning record in 4 years. After two more losing seasons, the Gamecocks finished 23-13 before falling to 3rd-seeded Murray State in the opening round of the Ohio Valley Conference championship tournament.
The beach team, now in its 3rd year of existence, finished with just a 3-26 record this season, with all 3 of those wins coming against Division II or Division III teams.
The indoor team has seen a high rate of attrition more recently in Gamble’s tenure. Of the 9 freshmen on the 2016 roster, only 6 returned as sophomores in 2017. Only 3 of the 5 2015 freshmen made it to their junior season in 2017. This comes amid a drastic expansion of the team’s roster – from only 12 players listed on the roster in his first season with the program to 18 in 2017.
Whomever takes over this role will see Jacksonville State’s beach team into the ASUN conference, where they’ll be one of 3 new teams next season, as well as through a transitory phase for the indoor team after the Pete Mathews Coliseum was damaged by a tornado in March.
We have reached out to both Gamble and Jacksonville State for comment, and neither have replied as of publishing.
Gamble’s Year-by-Year Coaching Records
Jacksonville State (4 years)
2017 23-13 9-7 Ohio Valley (t5th)
2016 18-19 6-10 Ohio Valley (8th)
2015: 14-20 5-11 Ohio Valley (10th)
2014: 18-16 9-7 Ohio Valley (4th)
McNeese State (4 years)
2013: 17-16 9-9 Southland (6th)
2012: 7-25 1-17 Southland (10th)
2011: 10-20 5-11 Southland (t8th)
2010: 14-18 8-8 Southland (t6th)
Midland Lutheran (1 year)
Iowa Western CC (4 years)
2006: 60-4 *NJCAA National Champions
St. Clair CC (6 years)
2004: 62-3 *NJCAA National Champions
2000: 73-2 *NJCAA National Champions
Mott CC (4 years)
Total 872-304 (.742)