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 ends with regional title; back-to-back appearances at NJCAA National Tournament for men's soccer
11.20.13 – The Cincinnati State men's soccer team finished another tremendous season in 2013, recapturing the Ohio Community College Conference title, a Region XII title and its third national tournament appearance in four seasons.
Perhaps, the highlight of the 2013 season came against rival Owens Community College in the NJCAA Region XII final in early November when the Surge claimed a 3-0 victory over the Express to advance to the NJCAA National Tournament for the second straight season and the third time in four seasons.
"Earning back to back appearances in the national tournament is something that no previous team at Cincinnati State has ever done," Cincinnati State head coach Mike Combs said. "I am so proud of this group of players. For our sophomore class, each player can say that they left with the legacy of two conference titles, two region titles and two trips to the national tournament."
The Surge's appearance at the NJCAA National Tournament in Tyler, Texas consisted of two games in the pool tournament stage. The Surge defeated Cloud County 2-1 on the first day of the tournament and lost their final game to No. 3 seed San Jacinto - South 3-0 to end the season.
"Obviously, we wish we could have advanced out of the pool stage," Combs said. "With that being said, we were one of twelve teams still standing at the end of the season which further solidifies our program as one of the best in all of junior college."
The Surge finished with an overall record of 18-2-2 on the year.
Of the 22 man roster, Cincinnati State will see 11 sophomores depart next season including leading goal scorer Kyle Grothaus, point leader Liam Doyle, and top defenders Austin Klueh & Tucker Beerman. Two members of the sophomore class have already committed to play at NCAA Div. I programs next fall.
Doyle will continue his career at Ohio State University. Forward Kevin Walker, who was named OCCAC "Offensive Player of the Year," will play at Bowling Green University. The rest of the sophomore class has gained interest from numerous Div. I, II & NAIA programs and are expected to commit to a school over the next few months.
11 freshman are expected to return including 6 players who have started at least one game in 2013.
Starting goalkeeper Ryan Hall returns after posting 7 shutouts and earning All-Region honors in 2013. Starting a combined 34 games in 2013, Brad Schluter, Trae Collins and Vonne Byrd will bring experience to the midfield positions in 2014. Defenders Okama Thompson and Grant Geigle will be relied upon to anchor down the defensive unit as head coach Mike Combs will look to retool a back line which loses five of eight defenders on the roster to graduation.
Cincinnati State head coach Mike Combs receives the "ceremonial" gatorade bath following Cincinnati State's regional championship victory.FOX19.com-Cincinnati News, Weather
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.
Jessica Pykosz, a recent graduate of Mt. St. Joseph College and a Milford native, has been appointed athletic trainer for the Surge teams.
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.”
For more information on Cincinnati SportsMedicine's services, please visit - http://www.cincinnatisportsmed.com/
Cincinnati State honors student-athletes at 2013 banquet
Nick Merhaut was awarded the President’s Award and Justin Mitchell and Cameron Vaughn were named Surge male and female Athletes of the Year at the Cincinnati State athletic awards banquet.
Merhaut, a two-year regular on the men’s soccer team, garnered the college’s top award by earning Deans List honors in each of his five academic terms. The sophomore(pictured) was also a member of the Student Senate and will complete his associates of arts degree this Spring.
Mitchell earned All-American honors while helping lead the men’s soccer team to conference, regional and district championships and a berth in the NJCAA national championships. He was the team’s leading scorer and an all-league, all-Ohio and all-region selection.
Vaughn also earned All-American honors while helping the women’s basketball team to a 25-7 record. In the NJCAA national stats, she ranked second in total rebounds and ninth in rebounding average. Vaughn was the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference Player of the Year and an all-region choice.
Merhaut and Chelsey Hill-Root were recipients of the Surge Scholar Athlete of the Year awards. Jake Ripberger received the Academic Comeback Award.
Joyce Rimlinger, program chair and academic advisor in the College of Humanities and Sciences, received the Commitment to Success Award, recognizing a faculty member with outstanding dedication to helping students succeed. Rimlinger, who also serves as academic advisor for athletics, will retire in June.
Other award recipients:
Most Improved – Tucker Beerman
Unsung Hero – Eduardo Zavala
Most Outstanding – Justin Mitchell
Academic Award – Austin Klueh
Most Improved – Brittany Bollmer
Unsung Hero – Meghan Cook
Most Outstanding – Julie Martin
Academic Award – Danielle Galbraith
Most Improved – Chrisean Marsden
Unsung Hero – Nick Robertson
Most Outstanding – Winston Grays
Academic Award – Chrisean Marsden
Most Improved – Hayle Phillips
Unsung Hero – Kindsay Brandt
Most Outstanding – Cameron Vaughn
Academic Award – Grace McDougall
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 represented at Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
Vaughn, who will play at Praire View A&M next season, averaged 13.8 points, 13.7 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game in 2012-2013. The 5'10 forward from Xenia, OH finished with 10 or more rebounds in all but five games, recording a season-high 25 rebounds against Columbus State on Jan. 23. She finished the season 6th in the nation in rebounding, 1st in offensive rebounds (6.6), and set Cincinnati State's record for most rebounds in a season with 412.
Vaughn's No. 20 jersey is currently being displayed in the Hall's "Ring of Honor," which includes over 100 jerseys from this past season's high school and college All-Americans.
"The Ring of Honor is our way of recognizing young basketball players for their achievements in the sports," said Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Director Josh Sullivan. "Cameron Vaughn is now part of an elite group and is now part of our history as well."
While at Cincinnati State, Vaughn was named an NJCAA All-American, the OCCAC "Player of the Year" and wasa Region XII 1st Team selection.
About the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame: The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame opened in June 1999 in Knoxville, Tennessee. It is the only facility of its kind dedicated to all levels of women's basketball. With the 2013 Induction, the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame will celebrate its 15th Anniversary and add six new members to our prestigious Hall, honoring 133 inductees.
For more information, please visit - http://www.wbhof.com/index.html
Cincinnati State athletics continue to build a winning tradition
In recent years, Cincinnati State has proved to be one of the most successful junior college programs in the nation. Women's basketball repeated as champions of the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference in 2009 and 2010. Women's soccer finished 2010 ranked 13th nationally among all junior colleges and advanced to the NJCAA Regional Final in 2013. The most crowning achievements were earned by the 2010 men's basketball team, the 201o,2012 & 2013 men's soccer team, the 2011& 2012 women's basketball team and the 2010 & 2011 men's golf teams as each program competed in the NJCAA National Tournament and made school history with record breaking results as shown below:
Men's Basketball - 2010 NJCAA National Runners - Up, 2010 OCCAC Champions, Overall Record: 27-9, Head Coach: Andre Tate
Women's Basketball - 2011 NJCAA National Tournament Appearance, 2011 NJCAA Region XII Champions, #7 National Ranking, Overall Record: 24-11, Head Coach: Theresa Check, 2012 NJCAA National Tournament Appearance, 2012 NJCAA Region XII District I Champions, 2012 OCCAC Champions, Overall Record: 32-3
Men's Golf - 2010 & 2011 NJCAA National Tournament Qualifier, 2010 & 2011 NJCAA Region XII Champions, Head Coach: Scott Webb
Men's Soccer - 2010 NJCAA National Runners Up, 2010 NJCAA District Champions, 2010 NJCAA Region XII Champions, 2010 OCCAC Champions, #2 National Ranking, Overall Record: 22-3-0, 2012 NJCAA National Tournament Appearance, 2012 NJCAA District Champions; 2012 NJCAA Region XII Champions, 2012 Co- OCCAC Champions, Overall Record: 18-6-1, 2013 NJCAA National Tournament Appearance, 2013 NJCAA Region XII Champions, 2013 OCCAC Champions, Overall Record: 18-2-2, Head Coach: Mike Combs
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Athletic Hall of Fame
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