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Luke Gore
Assistant Coach

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.

David Ragland
Assistant Coach

David Ragland joined the Valparaiso University men’s basketball coaching staff as an assistant coach in April of 2016. Ragland comes to Valpo with 12 years of collegiate coaching experience under his belt.

Ragland most recently spent the 2015-16 season on the bench as an assistant coach at Northern Kentucky, helping to guide the Norse in NKU’s first season as a member of the Horizon League. Prior to NKU, Ragland spent one season as an assistant at Bowling Green as the Falcons won 21 games and earned a postseason win in the opening round of the Postseason Tournament.

Ragland was a member of the Indiana State coaching staff as an assistant coach for four seasons (2010-2014), helping to lead the Sycamores to 79 wins over his four seasons. Indiana State appeared in postseason play in each of his four seasons on the bench, including an NCAA Tournament berth in 2010-11, and earned four victories over nationally-ranked opponents.

Ragland also brings head coaching experience to Valparaiso, spending two years at the helm of the Vincennes men’s basketball program. He guided the Trailblazers to 22 wins in each of his two seasons as head coach, extending the program’s run of 20-win campaigns to 29 straight seasons, and led Vincennes to the NJCAA district tournament finals in 2009-10. Prior to becoming head coach, he worked three years as an assistant coach at Vincennes and spent one season as an assistant at Frank Phillips College.

A 2003 graduate of the University of Southern Indiana, Ragland played his final two years of collegiate basketball for the Screaming Eagles – helping lead USI to 47 wins and pacing the team in assists both seasons. Prior to arriving at USI, Ragland played two seasons at Missouri Southern State College, where as a freshman he was a member of a 30-3 team which advanced to the NCAA Division II Final Four.

Ragland and his wife, Annie, have two children: Ava and Joshua.

Jackie Manuel
Assistant Coach

Jackie Manuel joined the Valparaiso University men’s basketball coaching staff as an assistant coach in April of 2016.

Manuel comes to Valpo after spending the last four years as an assistant coach under former teammate Wes Miller at UNC Greensboro. Last season, Manuel helped lead the Spartans to their first postseason bid since 2002, as UNCG advanced to the second round of the College Basketball Invitational. Over his four years, five Spartan players earned All-Southern Conference accolades, including a trio of First Team honorees.

Prior to arriving at UNCG, Manuel served one season as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at his alma mater, North Carolina. There, he prepared and assisted with the execution of the strength training workout plan for the men’s basketball team while learning the ropes of coaching from Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams. The Tar Heels won 32 games and the ACC regular-season title while advancing to the NCAA Elite Eight in Manuel’s season on staff.

Before embarking on his coaching career, Manuel played professionally for five seasons. He spent the 2010-11 season playing for the Miyazaki Shining Suns in Miyazaki, Japan, averaging 18 points per game. Prior to that, he spent four seasons in the NBA Development League, playing for the Erie Bayhawks (the minor league affiliate of the New York Knicks), the Iowa Energy (Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Hornets and Washington Wizards) and the Los Angeles D-Fenders (Los Angeles Lakers).

A 2005 graduate of the University of North Carolina, Manuel earned All-ACC Defensive Team honors in each of his final two seasons. He was a tri-captain for North Carolina’s national championship squad in 2005.

Manuel and his wife, Ronda Jae, have two daughters: Ryann and Kameron.

Chad Warner
Director of Operations

Chad Warner joined the Valparaiso University men’s basketball coaching staff as the director of basketball operations in April of 2016.

Warner comes to Valpo after most recently spending eight successful seasons as head coach of Shorter University, leading the Hawks to 156 victories in his tenure at the helm of the program. The winningest coach in program history, he was named NABC National Coach of the Year in 2011-12 after leading Shorter to 34 wins, the no. 1 ranking nationally and a berth in the NAIA Fab Four.

Warner guided the Hawks in their transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II in 2012-13, winning 21 games in their first season as a Division II member and capturing the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) national title. He also earned Georgia Basketball Coaches Association (GABCA) Division II Coach of the Year accolades that season.

Prior to arriving at Shorter for the 2007-08 season, Warner spent two seasons in two separate stints (2006-07; 2003-04) as an assistant coach at Division III Hampden-Sydney College, helping lead the Tigers to a pair of conference championships. He also spent two seasons as an assistant coach at William & Mary (2004-06) and got his start in collegiate coaching as a graduate assistant during the 2002-03 season at the University of Georgia under legendary head coach Jim Harrick.

A 1998 graduate of the University of Georgia, Warner earned a walk-on spot on the Bulldogs’ roster as a freshman under head coach Hugh Durham. Following his graduation, he spent four years as associate head coach at the Darlington School before joining the collegiate coaching ranks. Warner and his wife, Karin, have three children: Aly, Caroline and Jack.

Julie Vick
Administrative Assistant