Earl Ingram to direct Saint Luke’s Club

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland has promoted Earl Ingram, a former semi-pro basketball player and current physical education teacher at The Intergenerational School, to director of the Saint Luke’s Club.

Ingram, who has been assistant director of the Saint Luke’s Club since it opened in 2013, replaces Jacquelyn Fehrenbach, who was recently appointed director of Heights Youth Club. Before coming to Saint Luke’s, Ingram served as the Broadway Club’s teen coordinator for two years.

“I just love the Club setting because it promotes a family atmosphere,” he said.

In addition to his position with BGCC, Ingram serves as the physical education teacher and basketball coach for The Intergenerational School, which is located in the same Saint Luke’s Manor building as the Club and serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade. His school team recently finished its season with a 5-5 record and a second straight playoff appearance.

A recent waterline break in the building created unforeseen challenges for Ingram, the Club and the school. The Club, which was temporarily closed due to heavy water damage, has reopened in a different part if the building; Ingram said he hopes things will be back to normal by May.

The Saint Luke’s Club is at 2705 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Cleveland.

A native of Lima, Ohio, Ingram graduated from Lima Senior High School, Columbus State Community College and Adrian (Mich.) College, playing basket all at all three schools. He played semi-professional basketball in the International Basketball League, had a tryout with the New Mexico Thunderbirds of the NBA D-League (since rebranded as the NBA G League), where he had a chance to work with former Laker great Michael Cooper. The team was later purchased by the Cleveland Cavaliers and relocated to Northeast Ohio, where it became the Canton Charge.

Ingram his career path changed when he took a summer camp job before a planned trip to Germany for a pro basketball showcase. “My intentions were that it would be something for the summer. I found out I loved doing the work,” he said.

Ingram said he is a “hands-on” director who wants Club kids to experience new things. He has been involved in Club efforts to bring drinking water to families in Flint, Mich., to see a University of Michigan basketball game and to organize a junior prom.

He, his wife Tiffany and stepson Carter live in Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood.