Park University – Gilbert women’s basketball coach Jeff Fore will take on the role as athletics director, the school announced in a press release Nov. 12.
Fore will oversee all 11 of the Gilbert university’s athletics program. Fore was hired as the women’s basketball coach in Sept. 2018 after he spent the previous three seasons as the director of team recruiting solutions and senior recruiting specialist at Next College Student Athlete, a for-profit company that connects college coaches with middle and high school athletes.
Additionally, Fore served in the athletics department at Grand Canyon University from 2013-15 and was the assistant athletics director and athletics director at Mesa Community College from 2008-10.
Fore attended the University of Missouri-Rolla, now known as Missouri University of Science and Technology, where he played basketball. He began coaching as an assistant at Arkansas State University in 1988 before moving on to Central Missouri State University (now known as the University of Central Missouri), from 1990-93.
He was named head men’s basketball coach at Clarke University in 1993 before he began an affiliation with the Kuwait national team in 1996. He ended his tenure as coach of the Kuwait national team in 2000.
Before being hired at Park, Fore led the Arizona Rhinos Basketball Club from 2003-05 and was head coach at several Valley high schools, including Phoenix Country Day School, James Sandoval Prep, Valley Vista High School and most recently, Sanda Day O’Connor High School.
He’s won 259 games as a coach and has two state-championship titles under his belt at the high school level. He’s also won six international gold medals, two silver and four bronze.
Fore takes over for former athletic director and head golf coach Steve Wilson, who helped establish all 11 of Park – Gilbert’s athletics programs when it opened in 2018. Wilson was named the Director of Athletics at Kansas Wesleyan University in October.