CHICO TARHEELS BASKETBALL FAMILY
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Marlon Gambol
Ron Brown
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Coach Marlon Gambol has been coaching basketball in Northern California for the last 16 years, at a variety of levels. Gambol just finished his 15th year as the Director and Head Coach of the Chico Tarheels Basketball Family, an AAU club which he established in 1997. His teams compete in national tournaments and were crowned Champions of "Las Vegas Reebok Big Time" in 2003, and "Reno Jam-On-It Memorial Day Tournament" in 2009, the 2 biggest tournaments in the world. Along with AAU, Gambol was the Men's Assistant Coach at Feather River College during the Golden Eagles GVC Championship season in 2002-2003. He was also the Head Coach for Boys Varsity Basketball at Durham High School for the 2003-2004 & 2004-2005. His Durham teams had Northern Section playoff wins in both seasons, and were crowned League Champions in 2005. Gambol started off the 2005 season under Coach Russ Critchfield as an Assistant Coach with Butte College men's team, before departing in the middle of the season to be the Interim Head Coach at Feather River College in Quincy, Ca. During the next year and a half Gambol turned around a Feather River program and helped lead them to the most wins in a season in a number of years, and also helped 4 of his athletes receive scholarship offers to 4 year institutions.
"I am extremely excited to be a part of this years team. We have a lot of talented players that want to win, and a veteran coaching staff led by Coach Brown that knows how to win. Ron is a great coach and I look forward to our team contending for a conference championship and a state title."
Marlon is the son of Laurance Raymond Gambol Sr. and Brenda Gambol. He was born and raised in San Francisco with his brother Raymond Gambol. He graduated from Aragon High School in 1992, and Graduated from Chico State with a Bachelors Degree in Social work in 1998. Marlon resides in Chico with his 5 year old daughter Aiiyana Jaylin (AJ) Gambol. Marlon and AJ love to travel and play a variety of sports including basketball, soccer, and water activities.







Ron Brown enters his 7th season as Head Coach of the Womenís basketball program at Butte College. In the six previous seasons Brown has captured two conference titles 2008 & 2011. Since taking over the program in 2007, Brown has taken his team to four consecutive post seasons. Under Brownís direction 13 players have made all conference, 1 conference MVP and 2 all-state players.
Growing up in Lynwood, Ron, the youngest of three children from parents Ronald Sr. and Frances Taylor, with siblings Tashonda Brown-Lewis married to Dwayne Lewis and two children living in Dallas. Tahia Brown- Hayslet married to Darrell Hayslet and two children still make their home near Lynwood, living in Long Beach.
After high school Ron attended Mira Costa College located in Oceanside, where he played basketball for two seasons for hall of fame coach Clete Adelmen. While in Oceanside Brown was introduced to Tami Esquibel who he married in 2000. Coach Adelmen has since retired from coaching but is credited with teaching Brown valuable life lessons. Brown was later recruited by Puck Smith and the Chico State Wildcats, and as a senior in 1996 Brown was named team captain. With a career high 35points, and a single game with 19 rebounds Brown ranks amongst Chico State's best.
After his playing days at Chico State, Brown started his coaching career at his alma mater and spent two seasons as an assistant coach under Puck Smith. In 1998, then first year Butte College Coach Russ Critchfield hired Brown to be the top assistant. Working for two outstanding coaches in Russ Critchfield and Puck Smith, Brown honed his skills and is ready to lead his own program
Educated at Chico State in 1999 Brown earned his Masterís degree in Physical Education, while earlier 1996 earned bachelors in Ethnic Studies. Brown just 39, enters his 17th season coaching.
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