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Lafayette Football Saddened by Loss of Gamble

Jan. 28, 2014

EASTON, Pa. - Former Lafayette football coach Harry Gamble, 83, passed away early Tuesday. Gamble was the Leopards’ head football coach from 1967-70, posting a 21-19 record for a program that won seven games in the four seasons prior to his arrival.

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“We’re saddened by the loss of Harry Gamble,” said current Lafayette head football coach Frank Tavani. “I met him early on in my coaching career, when he was coaching at Penn. He was such a positive person. He maintained relationships with a lot of our alums and College staff long after he left College Hill.  We all lost a great guy who gave so much to this game.”

After his four-season stint at Lafayette, Gamble traveled to Philadelphia to take over the Penn program which he headed from 1971-80 with a 34-55-2 record.

In 1981, he joined the Philadelphia Eagles’ as a volunteer assistant coach under Dick Vermeil. He later served as team president from 1986-94 and as general manager from 1985-95. During his tenure, the Eagles were 96-78-1.

Gamble, a Pitman, N.J. native, is survived by his wife, Joan, their two sons, Harry and Tom, and three grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Brooks-Irvine Memorial Football Club Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 205, Collingswood, N.J. 08108.