Luke Gore enters the 2015-2016 season in his 14th year with the Valpo basketball program. Gore has helped guide the Crusaders to five consecutive postseason berths over the last five seasons.
In his current role, Gore works with player development, with an emphasis on post play. Over his first 13 years, Gore has guided 10 all-conference post players and 11 post players who have gone on to professional basketball careers overseas. Gore also works as director of Valpo’s summer basketball camps and is responsible for overseeing academics, as well as future game scheduling.
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.
In his 13 years with the Crusaders, Valpo has made eight postseason trips, including three NCAA Tournament appearances and a pair of Postseason NIT bids. Over his tenure, the Crusaders have won 249 games, captured five league regular season titles, and won one Mid-Con and two Horizon League tournament titles. The last five years have seen Valpo claim five postseason berths, highlighted by a school record 28-win season and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2014-2015.
During the summer of 2008, Gore served as head coach for an Athletes in Action squad that traveled to West Africa. The team went 5-0 in games against African national teams, and spent time visiting orphanages and conducting coaching clinics throughout Mali and Senegal.
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.