PHILADELPHIA, PA - Although Albie Crosby was named the new head coach of the Neumann-Goretti football program last month, it was on Thursday night when Crosby was officially welcomed into the great Saints athletic program. At Toll Man Joe's on Oregon Avenue in South Philadelphia, Neumann-Goretti hosted a meet and greet with the opportunity for fans, alumni, administrators and media to talk to coach Crosby about his new position.
"I'm extremely excited," stated Crosby at the end of the evening. "I'm looking forward to this adventure. I think we're on a right path and I love the community and the energy that I'm getting. I'm just very very excited."
After taking a year off last season, Crosby led the Imhotep Charter Panthers for four seasons and put together a stellar 53-6 record, including a PIAA AAA state championship in 2015, his last season as their coach. Prior to taking the head coaching job at Imhotep, Crosby was an assistant coach at West Catholic for 11 seasons and was the running backs coach at La Salle University before their football program folded.
Neumann-Goretti is one of the best high school athletic programs in the entire country given its success and national recognition in boys and girls basketball and baseball. But the football program has struggled recently and even had to cancel the last three games of their season last year after the team roster went from the already low number of 28 down to 19, making it impossible to field a team.
In a prior article on Philly.com, Crosby stated that he doesn't just want to build a team; he wants to build a program. In his four years at Imhotep, not only did he have an unbelievable record, but he produced over 20 Division 1 recruits.
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