Albie Crosby, who guided Imhotep Charter to a PIAA Class 3A state football championship in 2015, has been selected as the new head coach at Neumann-Goretti.

"We're excited with his hire as he brings a passion and driven work ethic to the position," N-G athletic director Chalie Szydlik said. "We strongly feel that Albie can restore the pride and competitiveness to our program."

N-G will restart its football program after shutting it down last October because of a shortage of players and concerns about injuries.

When its roster dropped from about 28 to 19 players, N-G canceled its two remaining Catholic League Blue Division games and discontinued its Thanksgiving Day rivalry against Southern.

Crosby takes over for Lincoln Townsend who was in charge for one season. Townsend, who is dean of students at N-G and also coaches the school's track and field teams, will stay on as associate head coach.

"I'm excited, ready to go," Crosby, 47, said. "The plan is not to build a team but a program. We want to bring the pride back to South Philadelphia."

Crosby posted a 53-6 record in four seasons at Imhotep. The West Philly native was an assistant at West Catholic, his alma mater, for 11 seasons and running backs coach for La Salle University's now-defunct team for two years.

Crosby produced 20-plus Division I recruits in his stint at Imhotep, including tight end Naseir Upshur, (class of 2016, now at Florida State) and running back David Williams (2013, now at Connecticut).

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