HOMECOMING: New Alto athletic director returns to alma mater

Pictured is Cam'ron Matthews Field in Alto. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Pictured is Cam'ron Matthews Field in Alto. (Source: KTRE Staff)(KTRE Staff)
Updated: Mar. 12, 2021 at 1:31 PM CST
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ALTO, Texas (KTRE) - Alto ISD welcomes Lance Gamble as their next head football coach and athletic director.

He takes over the vacant spot, following Ricky Meeks’ departure to Center ISD.

Gamble comes to Alto after serving four years at Lufkin. Two of those years were as defensive coordinator.

He also attended and played football at Alto under his father, coach Lucky Gamble.

“It is exciting that they thought enough of me to give me the opportunity to come back and lead their program. It is a very prestigious program. I hold that very dear to me because I was a part of it,” Gamble explained.

Gamble said he is excited about the opportunity and is looking forward to meeting the students.

“I will try to do everything can to get all sports and all programs to the highest level of competition we can get to. I’m looking forward to it,” Gamble said.

Gamble was head coach and athletic director at Beckville for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. During his final season, gamble led the team to an 11-2 record with their season ending in the third round of the playoffs.

His father, Lucky Gamble coached Alto from 1993-2000. He led the school to a 2A state title appearance in 1995 and had only one sub-nine-win season.

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