Luke Gore enters the 2019-2020 season in his 18th year with the Valpo basketball program and his fourth season in his current role as associate head coach. Gore has helped guide the Crusaders to seven postseason berths in the last nine years, as well as the three winningest seasons in program history.
In his current role, Gore works with player development, with an emphasis on post play. Over his first 17 years, Gore has guided 12 all-conference post players and 13 post players who have gone on to professional basketball careers. Off the court, Gore is also responsible for the program's future game scheduling.
In his 17 years with the Crusaders, Valpo has made 10 postseason trips, including three NCAA Tournament appearances and four Postseason NIT bids. Over his tenure, the Crusaders have won 333 games, captured seven league regular season titles, and won one Mid-Con and two Horizon League tournament titles. The last nine years have seen Valpo claim seven postseason berths, highlighted by a 28-win season and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2014-2015, followed by a school-record 30-win season and a berth in the NIT title game in 2015-2016. In 2016-2017, Gore helped lead the Crusaders to their fifth Horizon League regular season title in the last six years and an at-large bid into the NIT.
Gore has helped to sign recruiting classes ranked as high as 27th in the nation during his tenure with the Crusaders. He also helped signed the top incoming class in the Horizon League entering the 2009-2010 season, according to The Sporting News.
Gore has also been a major part of the Crusaders' partnership with Athletes in Action and their overseas tours. Most recently, Gore served as head coach in late May of 2017 which toured the Czech Republic and Poland. Gore previously was head coach of a team which visited West Africa in the summer of 2008, and traveled with an AIA team to Egypt in the summer of 2003.
A starting forward at NAIA Bethel College in McKenzie, Tenn., from 1998 to 2001, Gore earned Academic All-America honors as a senior. He helped Bethel to the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title during the 1998-’99 season after transferring from Cumberland [Tenn.] University where he played his freshman year.
Gore graduated from Bethel in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education and received a Masters of Arts in sports administration from Valpo in August of 2006. Born in Oak Park, Ill., Gore was raised in Paris, Tenn.
Luke and his wife Cheryl reside in Valparaiso with their son, Bartholomew, and daughter, Christine.