Mandy Gamble enters her 18th season at Caltech, where she was the men’s and women’s head coach for 17 seasons and now begins her first year as head coach of the Caltech women’s team. Gamble, a two-time SCIAC Men’s Coach of the Year (2018, 2016), led the 2017-18 men’s team to its most successful campaign in program history. Gamble guided the men’s team to its first year end ranking of No. 33 in the country and a 3rd place finish in the SCIAC, which qualified the team for their first conference championship.
In 2016-17 Gamble also led the Caltech women’s team to its most successful campaign of all time with a breakout season highlighted by a debut at No. 38 in the national rankings, which chalked up another program first for the coach. That same year under Gamble’s charge the women’s team finished 4th in the SCIAC, earning bragging rights as the first program at Caltech of any gender to host a conference championship round on the Caltech campus. The 2014 season marked another notable turning point for the Caltech’s women’s program. Under Gamble’s direction Rebekah Kitto qualified for the NCAA Individual Singles Championship for the second year in a row making Kitto one of only two student-athletes at Caltech to earn back to back NCAA Championship appearances. Gamble is the only coach in Caltech’s recent history whose programs ended their season with winning records (2017, 2014 women) and (2018 men), and last year she accomplished a career goal by having both the men’s and women’s program holding simultaneous national rankings. Gamble also holds a USTA High Performance Coach certificate and is a USPTA Elite Coach, which named her as the West Region College Coach of the Year.
Recruiting has fueled the Beavers' charge up the national rankings in recent time. For the last three years Gamble inked men’s incoming classes all within the Top 25. The 2017-18 class topped out at No. 13 in the nation and yielded program standouts, James Wei and Varun Shanker, who under Gamble’s guidance finished that year as the 12th best doubles team in the nation and became the program’s first All-Americans. Gamble’s recruiting has also yielded dividends the women’s program. In 2018, the women made their first appearance into the Top-25 national recruiting poll at No. 15 and in 2016 the program received an honorable mention in the polls.
Prior to Caltech, Gamble worked on her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies at the Claremont Graduate University. The veteran coach played collegiately at Cal State LA where she graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Speech Communication and a Masters in Communication Studies. Gamble became a four-year letter winner for the Golden Eagles and received both Academic and All-American honors during her college playing career. Gamble also earned a second Master's in Coaching and Sports Administration from Concordia University and will be making her public speaking debut as a panelist at the 2018 ITA Convention.