Cincinnati State Surge Athletics
Cincinnati State athletics provide opportunities for students to enhance their overall experience at the College by encouraging lifelong wellness, sportsmanship, and academics.
Cincinnati State currently fields teams in six sports: women’s and men’s basketball, women’s and men’s soccer, women's volleyball and golf. All six teams regularly compete under the rules and regulations of the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XII (Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio) and play a very competitive junior college schedule. After playing for the Surge, many student- athletes go on to play for four-year institutions.
The Cincinnati State Athletic Department is under the leadership of athletic director Tom Hathaway. Staff members include Wil Cagle, women’s soccer coach; Mike Combs, men’s soccer coach and fitness center director; Kristy Bailey, women's volleyball coach; Sonya Beeler, women's basketball coach; Andre Tate, men's basketball coach; and Scott Webb, golf coach.
2013-2014 Year in Review
The 2013-14 athletics year at Cincinnati State proved to be a season which boasted success in competition and in the classroom.
Four of Cincinnati State’s teams—men’s soccer, women’s basketball, men’s basketball, and men's golf—advanced to the NJCAA national championships of their respective post-season tournaments. Women’s soccer, which advanced to the regional final, narrowly missed becoming a fifth member of that elite group.
Cincinnati State is one of only eleven NJCAA colleges to send teams to four national championships.
Surge teams combined to capture two Ohio Community College Athletic Conference championships (men’s basketball, men’s soccer) and four district or regional titles. The teams combined for a record of 90-49-2, a .645 winning percentage.
Three Cincinnati State student-athletes were selected as OCCAC most outstanding performers in their sports and a total of 20 received all-conference honors. The Surge also had 17 receive all-region honors and had seven NJCAA All-Americans—Liam Doyle (men’s soccer), Julie Martin (women’s soccer), Winston Grays (men’s basketball), Phylicia Johnson (women’s basketball), Matt Nickoson (golf), Taylor Suggs (golf) and Jeff Wray (golf).
Doyle also earned Academic All-American honors as did Danielle Reifenberger (soccer), Austin Klueh (soccer), Tucker Beerman (soccer) and Ricky Dumont (golf).
Academically, 39 Cincinnati State student-athletes—43 percent—were named Surge Scholar Athletes for the Fall Semester, having grade point averages of 3.0 or better while passing at least 12 semester hours. Seventeen had GPAs of 3.5 or better, qualifying for the college’s Dean’s List, and three posted perfect 4.0s.
22 of the program’s 27 sophomore student-athletes have graduated after the Spring or will graduate at the conclusion of the Summer semester. 12 have already accepted offers to play at the NCAA Div. I level next season. 7 will play Div. II and others will make their decisions on where to play later on this summer.
Men's soccer finished the season with an 18-2-2 record while claiming the OCCAC & Region XII titles.
The women's basketball team upset 5th ranked Owens for their 3rd district title in 4 seasons.
Andre Tate's Surge went on to win the district title and earned a 6th place finish at the NJCAA national tournament.
The golf team captured the Region XII title and finished as NJCAA National Runners-Up.
Cincinnati State's Tom Hathaway named OCCAC Athletic Director of the Year
Cincinnati State's Tom Hathaway has been named the 2013-14 Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) Athletic Director of the Year.
Hathaway, in his second year at Cincinnati State, led the Surge athletic program to a very successful year. The men's soccer team, the men's and women's basketball teams, and the men's golf team all won district championships and advanced to the national tournament, while the department introduced women's volleyball as a sport. The women's soccer team also came within one win of a district championship, and the men's soccer and men's basketball teams each captured conference championships.
Academically, Cincinnati State had six student-athletes receive academic honors from the NJCAA, the men's golf team was named an NJCAA All-Academic Team, and 20 student-athletes were named to the All-OCCAC Academic Team.
Hathaway has compiled a wide array of experience during his three-plus decades in athletic administration. Much of that was accumulated during his 27 years as assistant athletic director at the University of Cincinnati where he was responsible for sports communications and served in a variety of administrative roles.
After UC, Hathaway has served as athletic director at Miamisburg High School before taking over at Cincinnati State in May of 2012. While at Miamisburg, he supervised more than $1.2 million in improvement projects to the school’s athletic facilities and developed a long-range plan for the development of sports programs and facilities. He also launched outreach efforts with area youth sports organizations and worked on a wellness coalition involving the school, the city of Miamisburg, township officials and employees of a nearby hospital.
“Tom not only has the skills to manage Cincinnati State’s sports programs, he also gets them the attention they deserve,” said Cincinnati State President O’dell M. Owens.
Cincinnati State competes in men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, women's volleyball and golf. Over the past three years the golf team, the men’s soccer team, and the men’s and women’s basketball teams have competed in National Junior College Athletic Association national championships.
Hathaway, a graduate of the College of Wooster, launched his career as assistant commissioner of the small-college Ohio Athletic Conference.
He was the 2009 recipient of the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (OIAAA) Horizon Award and was recognized for 35 years of service in athletic administration by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA).He is the author of seven publications and two highlights videos that have received national awards. He also co-authored a book on the history of UC basketball.
Cincinnati SportsMedicine partners with Cincinnati State
Cincinnati State and Cincinnati SportsMedicine and Orthopaedic Center have agreed to a partnership which will not only provide athletic training services for the Surge athletic teams but will benefit student and staff wellness.
Under the arrangement, Cincinnati State student-athletes will have the medical services of Cincinnati SportsMedicine’s nationally-known orthopaedic specialists along with its highly-qualified physical therapy resources for the immediate treatment and recovery from athletic injuries.
Ryan Downing is the certified athletic trainer for the school. He will be covering all home events throughout the year and providing afternoon visits in the gymnasium athletic training room for any athlete, non-athlete, or faculty member needing his services. He can be reached at 513-515-3443 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Dr. Frank R. Noyes, chairman and medical director of CSMOC and an internationally recognized authority on the diagnosis and treatment of complex knee problems, will serve as the chief orthopaedic specialist for Cincinnati State athletics. “We’re excited to be partnering with Cincinnati State during the upcoming school year,” commented Dr. Noyes. “Our goal is to provide the best orthopaedic & sports medicine care to the student body and faculty. Our team of physicians, physical therapists, and athletic trainers are well respected in their professions and our team is here for you.”
Cincinnati Sports Medicine will make its services available to Cincinnati State’s students, faculty and staff. Members of the Cincinnati State community can have their athletic-related injuries assessed on campus, with timely referrals to the Cincinnati SportsMedicine physicians when warranted.
“Cincinnati SportsMedicine has an outstanding reputation for its advancements in the treatment and prevention of athletic injuries,” stated Cincinnati State athletic director Tom Hathaway. “We are pleased to have their outstanding sports medicine services, and the support Dr. Noyes and their highly-regarded staff of physicians, for our student-athletes.”
To make an appointment with Cincinnati SportsMedicine, call 513-347-9999.
Theresa Check inducted into Cincinnati State Athletic Hall of Fame
Theresa Check, former athletic director and women’s basketball coach at Cincinnati State, has been inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. The recognition took place at the annual athletic awards banquet on April 11.
Check compiled a 64-23 record in three seasons as head coach at Cincinnati State, directing the Surge to a pair of Ohio Community College Athletic Conference championships and an appearance in the National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament in 2011. She relinquished her coaching responsibilities following the 2010-11 season, but Cincinnati State Athletic Director said her efforts helped pave the way for the team’s 2012 national tournament appearance. (The Cincinnati State women finished fourth in that event.)
During Check’s tenure as Cincinnati State’s athletic director, teams from the college made five NJCAA national tournament appearances in men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s soccer and men’s golf.
Check retired as athletic director in 2012, but continues to teach at Cincinnati State as an adjunct.
Prior to joining Cincinnati State, Check established herself as one of the top women’s basketball coaches in Ohio. Her teams compiled more than 400 victories in 17 seasons as head women’s basketball coach at Central State, earning Converse/NAIA Coach of the Year honors in 1993. She also served as athletic director there for 11 years. Under her leadership, football was reinstated and tennis, volleyball, baseball, softball and bowling were added.
Check is a member of the NAIA Hall of Fame and the Central State Hall of Fame.
Check is the third person to be enshrined in the Cincinnati State Athletic Hall of Fame. She joins John Hurley, former athletic director and men’s basketball coach, and Omar Cummings, an All-American soccer player who is now playing at the professional level.
Cincinnati State athletics continue to build a winning tradition
Cincinnati State has proven to be one of the most successful junior college programs in the nation. Women's soccer finished 2010 ranked 13th nationally among all junior colleges and advanced to the NJCAA Regional Final in 2013. Volleyball, which was relaunched in 2013, is a program on the rise led by Head Coach Kristy Parrill. The most crowning achievements in recent years have been earned by the men's basketball team, the men's soccer team, women's basketball team and the men's golf team as each program has made multiple trips to the NJCAA National Tournament and made school history with record breaking results as shown below:
2010 NJCAA National Runners - Up, 2010 OCCAC Champions, 2010 Region XII District 11 Champions, Overall Record: 27-9, Head Coach: Andre Tate
2014 NJCAA National Tournament - 6th Place, 2014 Co-OCCAC Champions, 2014 Region XII District 11 Champions, Ranked No. 1 in Final Regular Season Poll, Overall Record: 29-5, Head Coach: Andre Tate
2011 NJCAA National Tournament Appearance, 2011 Region XII Champions, #7 National Ranking, Overall Record: 24-11, Head Coach: Theresa Check,
2012 NJCAA National Tournament Appearance, 2012 Region XII District I Champions, 2012 OCCAC Champions, Overall Record: 32-3
2014 District I Champions, 2014 NJCAA National Tournament Appearance, Overall Record: 21-12, Head Coach: Sonya Beeler
2010, 2011 & 2014 NJCAA National Tournament Qualifier, 2010,2011 & 2014 Region XII Champions, 2014 NJCAA Runners-Up, Head Coach: Scott Webb
2010 NJCAA National Runners Up, 2010 District Champions, 2010 Region XII Champions, 2010 OCCAC Champions, #2 National Ranking, Overall Record: 22-3-0, Head Coach: Mike Combs
2012 NJCAA National Tournament Appearance, 2012 District Champions; 2012 Region XII Champions, 2012 Co- OCCAC Champions, #7 National Ranking, Overall Record: 18-6-1, Head Coach: Mike Combs
2013 NJCAA National Tournament Appearance, 2013 Region XII Champions, 2013 OCCAC Champions, #6 National Ranking, Overall Record: 18-2-2, Head Coach: Mike Combs
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Athletic Hall of Fame
The Cincinnati State Surge Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes and celebrates the outstanding athletic contributions of Cincinnati State coaches, graduates, and administratiors. Click here to download a nomination form.