Luke Gore enters the 2016-2017 season in his 15th year with the Valpo basketball program. Gore has helped guide the Crusaders to six consecutive postseason berths, as well as the three winningest seasons in program history over the last four years.
In his current role, Gore works with player development, with an emphasis on post play. Over his first 14 years, Gore has guided 11 all-conference post players and 12 post players who have gone on to professional basketball careers. Off the court, Gore is also responsible for the program's 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 14 years with the Crusaders, Valpo has made nine postseason trips, including three NCAA Tournament appearances and three Postseason NIT bids. Over his tenure, the Crusaders have won 279 games, captured six league regular season titles, and won one Mid-Con and two Horizon League tournament titles. The last six years have seen Valpo claim six 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.
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.