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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.









Cincinnati State men and women win district titles; advance to NJCAA National Championships


After claiming their respective district titles, the men's & women's basketball programs' capped off successful seasons with apperances at the NJCAA national tournament.

The men punched their ticket to nationals in Danville, Ill. thanks to a Winston Grays' jumper as time expired to Cincinnati State to a 79-78 win over Owens in the NJCAA District XI championship game on March 9th.

The Surge, which were the top seed in the National Tournament, had their national title hopes dashed after a 90-78 loss to Central Community College (NE) in the 2nd round. Cincinnati State finished with a 6th place finish in the tournament.

The Surge, which ended the regular season ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA national poll for the first time in program history, finished with a 29-5 record while claiming the District 11 & OCCAC title.


The women, who went on a 17-2 run to beat No. 5 Owens in the District I Championship, also had their national tournament run end in the second round with a loss to top seeded North Iowa Area Community College.

Phylicia Johnson capped off a stellar freshman season with 20+ point performances in Cincinnati State's five postseason games. Johnson, the OCCAC "Player of the Year," finished the season ranked 3rd among Cincinnati State players for points scored in a single season (570).


The Surge, who made its 3rd national tournament appearance in four seasons, finished the season with a 21-12 record while claiming the District title.




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Winston Grays & Phylcia Johnson selected as NJCAA All-Americans

The National Junior College Athletic Association has named Cincinnati State's Winston Grays & Phylcia Johnson to this year's All-American Teams.

Grays, a 6'2 guard from Cleveland, OH, led the Cincinnati State offense with a team high 20.2 points per contest. In a win against Owens Community College on Feb. 15, Grays became the program's 6th player to eclipse the 1,000 point in a two-year career. His 1,144 points ranks 3rd on the school's scoring list.

Grays becomes the first men's basketball player to earn All-American honors since forward Kenny Hayes was selected in 2007.

Grays led the Surge to a 29-5 record, a share of the Ohio Community College Conference title and made the game winning shot in the District 11 final against Owens to propel the Surge to the NJCAA National Tournament. In addition to being an All-American, Grays has been named the OCCAC "Player of the Year" & an NJCAA All-Star Game Invitee.

Johnson, a 5'8 guard from Columbus, OH, set the Cincinnati State single season scoring record for a freshman, totaling 570 points and leading the team with an average of 17.2 ppg. Johnson took her game to another level once Ohio Community College Athletic Conference play began, averaging 24.8 points per contest.

Johnson led the Lady Surge to a 21-12 overall record while claiming the NJCAA District I title and a trip to the NJCAA National Tournament. Last month, Johnson was named OCCAC "Player of the Year" & District I Tournament MVP.

Johnson becomes the first Cincinnati State freshman from the women's program to earn All-American honors.

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Winston Grays has been selected as a NJCAA 1st Team All-American.


pjaaPhylicia Johnson has been named to the NJCAA All-American 2nd Team.

Winning in the classroom... 39 student-athletes earn 3.0+ GPAs

For the outstanding achievement in the classroom last semester, Cincinnati State student-athletes were presented with “Surge Scholar” awards by academic advisor Chris Bukas and athletic director Tom Hathaway in a ceremony at halftime of Wednesday’s basketball game.

Last semester, 39 Cincinnati State athletes earned GPAs of 3.0 or above while completing 12 or more credit hours. 17 student-athletes had GPAs of 3.5 or above, qualifying them for the Cincinnati State Dean’s List. Two finished with GPAs of a perfect 4.0.

The volleyball team, the newest addition to the Surge athletic program, won the team award for best overall GPA.

Men’s Basketball
-Winston Grays
-James Kilpatrick (Dean’s List)

Women’s Basketball
-Kasia Chica (Dean’s List)
-Emily Fite
-Phylicia Johnson (Dean’s List)

-Chad Bialecki (Dean’s List – 4.0 GPA)
-Richard Dumont (Dean’s List)
-Eric Howard (Dean’s List)
-Taylor Suggs (Dean’s List)

Women’s Soccer
-Amber Boehm
-Jacqueline Cain
-Meghan Cook
-Danielle Galbraith
-Hannah Knippenberg
-Tressie Lewis
-Ashleigh Merk
-Jodi Offutt
-Danielle Reifenberger
-Hannah Williams
-Jessica Wolski (Dean’s List)





surge scholar 14Men’s Soccer
-Michael Anthony
-Liam Doyle (Dean’s List)
-David Elwer
-Bradley Gale
-Grant Geigle (Dean’s List)
-Francis Gyau
-Austin Root (Dean’s List)
-Brad Schluter (Dean’s List)
-Okama Thompson
-Kevin Walker (Dean’s List)
-Tucker Beerman (Dean’s List)
-Kyle Grothaus (Dean’s List)
-Austin Klueh (Dean’s List - 4.0 GPA)

Women’s Volleyball
-Samantha Diebold
-Skyler Hembree (Dean’s List)
-Carly Henkenberns
-Katlin Kallmeyer
-Gabby Landis
-Tonya McDine (Dean’s List)


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.







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The 2013 Cincinnati State soccer team finished the year with an 18-2-2 record. The team claimed its 9th conference title in 11 seasons, back-to-back regional championships, and its third trip to the national tournament in four seasons.



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Cincinnati State head coach Mike Combs receives the "ceremonial" gatorade bath following Cincinnati State's regional championship victory. News, Weather





Cincinnati SportsMedicine partners with Cincinnati State

1CSM LOGOCincinnati 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.”


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Theresa Check inducted into Cincinnati State Athletic Hall of Fame


check.jpgTheresa 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


In recent years, Cincinnati State has proven 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 & 2014 men's basketball team, the 2010,2012 & 2013 men's soccer team, the 2011, 2012 & 2014 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, 2010 NJCAA 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

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

2014 NJCAA District I Champions, 2014 NJCAA National Tournament Appearance, Overall Record: 21-12, Head Coach: Sonya Beeler

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, Head Coach: Mike Combs

2012 NJCAA National Tournament Appearance, 2012 NJCAA District Champions; 2012 NJCAA 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 NJCAA 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

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