Head coach Jeff Gamber enters his 36th season at the helm of the Spartans and 43rd season in college coaching. He has accumulated a 475-414 record during his tenure at York. He also serves as the golf coach and teaches coaching and basketball classes at the College. Gamber is the former chair of the NCAA Division III Basketball Committee and also served the College as Athletic Director for 22 years before stepping down at the end the 2003-04 academic year.
The last eight-year period has contained great accomplishments for Gamber and his men’s basketball program. In 2004-05, he was named the Capital Athletic Conference Coach-of-the-Year as he led the Spartans to the regular season championship and also to their first-ever CAC tournament championship. It was the fourth time Gamber was honored by his peers as the league’s Coach-of-the-Year. He is currently the active wins leader among all CAC coaches with his 475 wins. Gamber led the Spartans to a school-record 28 wins en route to the 2005 NCAA Division III Final Four. Prior to the Final Four, Gamber was named the NABC Mid-Atlantic Coach-of-the-Year, marking the first time he had received the regional honor. Gamber then capped his season by earning the NABC Division III National Coach-of-the-Year. In 2005-06, Gamber led the Spartans to the CAC regular season championship and a return trip to the NCAA Tournament. In 2006-07, he reached the 400-career win plateau with the Spartans’ 96-79 win over Gallaudet on December 6, 2006. The Spartans have won three of the last six regular season Capital Athletic Conference championships.
He has been responsible for recruiting and coaching all 19 of the Spartans’ 1,000 career point scorers while he has also brought in 15 players who earned 19 first-team All-CAC accolades and nine second-team All-CAC honors. He has also guided two Capital Athletic Conference Player-of-the-Year winners (Chad McGowan and Nick Brady) and four CAC Rookie-of-the-Year award winners (Jason Saurbaugh, Chad McGowan, Nick Brady and Julian Watson). McGowan and Brady both went on to earn prestigous NABC All-America honors. McGowan was a two-time honoree including being a first-team selection in 2006-07 while Brady was a 2009-10 third-team pick.
Prior to coaching at York, Gamber was an assistant basketball coach at Millersville University for eight seasons. Gamber also attended Millersville where he played four years of basketball and three seasons of baseball. He majored in secondary education while at Millersville. He was inducted into the Millersville Athletic Hall of Fame on October 17, 2003.
In 1995-96, Gamber and his wife, Donna, instituted a program called the “Three Point Attack.” The “Three Point Attack” is a program devised by the National Association of Basketball Coaches to help raise funds for cancer research. The Spartans have been ranked in the top 20 in all of college basketball for funds raised in each of the last 12 years, and they were the top Division III program in the country for funds raised in each of those years. Gamber was awarded the NABC Division III Recognition and Appreciation Award at the 1996 Final Four. The award was given as recognition of an outstanding example of how Division III coaches make their college community and town a better place to live.
Gamber was inducted into the York College Athletic Hall of Fame on October 2, 2004. He earned his induction for his dedication and success in running the Spartan Athletic Department and his achievements as men’s basketball coach. Gamber has also been inducted into the Millersville University Athletic Hall of Fame and the York County Athletic Hall of Fame.
Gamber and his wife, Donna, reside in Dallastown.