Cheltenham High School has new football coach

The Cheltenham School District has named Troy Gore as the head coach at Cheltenham High School. Gore replaces Ryan Nase who led the program from 2017 to 2021. According to an article in the Philadelphia Tribune, Gore is the school’s first African-American head football coach.

Gore has nearly two decades of high school football coaching experience and most recently served as the offensive coordinator at Northeast High School from 2018-2020 and at Neumann Goretti in 2017. He served as the head coach for the now-closed Delaware Valley Charter High School from 2014-16. 

While head coach at Delaware Valley Charter School, Gore’s teams went 23-13 and won the 2016 Public League 3A Championship and District 12/1 PIAA Championship before advancing to the state quarterfinals. Following that season, six seniors received Division I offers; 16 out of the 19 graduating seniors received some type of academic or athletic scholarship and were accepted to the college of their choice by February 2017; and three underclassmen received Division I offers. 

“I’m excited and honored to serve as the head coach at Cheltenham,” Gore said. “I look forward to building new relationships, maintaining strong traditions, and coaching these student-athletes to be the best in whatever they do in life, in the classroom and on the football field. Together we will!”

Gore, who is a deputy fire chief for the Philadelphia Fire Department, has served as the associate minister of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church’s Athletic Missionary Community for Football since 2005, and was on the committee tasked with launching the successful Enon Eagles youth football program. He was also one of the founding members of the Imhotep Institute Charter High School, which has become one of the most highly touted programs in the state.

Gore has a bachelor’s degree from Philadelphia University in leadership in emergency management services; a Master of Arts degree from Saint Joseph’s University in homeland security; and is working to complete his Ph.D. in public safety leadership from Capella University. 

Gore inherits a team that went 2-3 overall, 2-2 in the United Ten (a group of teams who did not play in fall 2020 due to the pandemic) this spring and made a run to the PIAA 5A title game in 2019.