CHATTANOOGA, Tenn – University of Tennessee at Chattanooga head wrestling coach Kyle Ruschell announced the hiring of Hunter Gamble as assistant coach today. Gamble takes over for Mike Hatcher, who stepped down in October.

Gamble was previously on Ruschell’s staff for his first season at UTC in 2018-19. Together, they guided the Mocs to a share of the 2019 Southern Conference regular season title. Gamble first came to Chattanooga as the volunteer assistant for Heath Eslinger’s final campaign in 2017-18.

“This job attracted some quality candidates,” stated Ruschell. “I am glad Hunter was looking to get back into coaching and we know he will be a great fit. He knows the guys and built some strong recruiting ties while working with various clubs over the last year.”

Prior to joining the staff at UTC in 2017, Gamble was a two-time NCAA qualifier at Gardner-Webb. He won the 2013 SoCon title at 174 pounds and was an All-SoCon pick and two-time finalist in his other three years with the Bulldogs.

“I am very excited to get back to work with these young men,” said Gamble. “I am passionate about wrestling in the Southeast, focused on building on the work that Coach Ruschell has already done and look forward to building a premier program in the South.”

Gamble earned his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from UTC in 2019. He spent the last year in private business in Atlanta, while also working with local wrestling clubs in the Atlanta metro region.