- Cheltenham School District
Patrick Fleury Named Boys Basketball Coach at Alma Mater Cheltenham High School
ELKINS PARK, PA (August 20, 2018) – Cheltenham High School Class of 2005 graduate Patrick Fleury has been named head coach of the varsity boys basketball team at his alma mater, CHS Athletic Director John Creighton announced recently. Fleury is the seventh boys basketball coach in school history.
“We’re thrilled to have Patrick ascend to this role,” said Creighton. “After a few seasons as an assistant for the Panthers, Patrick is ready for this role and will bring his patented high energy to the program. I’m excited to see him put his mark on the program as a coach.”
For the last five seasons, Fleury has coached the junior varsity team, and for the past three seasons, he’s been an assistant on the varsity squad. He is also a learning support teacher for freshmen and sophomores in district’s Project-based Learning program.
“I'm elated to take on this role in a community I’ve called home for more than 20 years,” said Fleury, whose family moved to Cheltenham from Queens for his sixth-grade year after emigrating from Haiti before he was born. “I'm excited to see what impact we can have on all kids coming up through Cheltenham, to be a positive resource and try to build the community pride.”
The point guard on the most successful boys basketball team in school history, Fleury was integral to the Panthers’ 27-4 record in 2004-05 under coach Scott Eveslage and is the school recordholder for assists. After a stellar high school career, Fleury played at Division II East Stroudsburg of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference from 2005-09. He is seventh all-time in Warriors history with 345 assists and tied for eighth with 131 steals. The squad went 78-42 during his collegiate tenure on the hardwood. After he finished playing, Fleury earned a master’s degree in special education at ESU.
“The feedback I've received from alumni, outsiders and the players has been great,” Fleury said. “I want to build a relationship with the kids, facilitate goalsetting for them and help them be the best they can be. I want them to understand that just because you’re hungry, you don’t have to act like you’re starving. What I understand and hope to pass along to the players is that everyone who came before you is the reason you can do what you do. It’s important to pay homage to those who came before you and that you should take the risks to make a difference.”
This year’s Panther’s squad returns three players from this past season’s team which finished third in its conference. 10-4. The Panthers have qualified for the District I tournament for the past four seasons. Fleury has three impact players returning this season: seniors Tim Myarick, a 6-4 guard, and Kyin Healey, a 6-6 forward, and 5-10 junior point guard Zahree Harrison, a third-team all-league selection in 2017-18. Fleury’s assistant coaches are Elkins Park teacher Ty Crutchfield, Chris Pender Jr. ’05 and Sahib Abdul Kabbar.
Practice begins Saturday, November 17 and the season begins Friday, Dec. 7 at the Panther Tip-Off Tournament with Central, Northeast and Frankford.