Cincinnati State Coaching Staff
Andre Tate has made Cincinnati State basketball synonymous with success during his tenure as head coach.
Tate has directed the Surge to a 206-113 record in his 10 seasons at the helm, entering the 2015-16 campaign. His teams have made three appearances in the NJCAA National Championships, with his 2010 squad posting a runner-up finish.
Tate began his Cincinnati State tenure in 2004-05 and immediately experienced success. His first Surge team posted an 18-14 ledger. Two seasons later Tate piloted Cincinnati State to a 25-5 record and its first trip to Nationals.
Tate took a one-year hiatus from Cincinnati State to serve on the staff at the University of Cincinnati. He returned in 2008-09 and a year later led the Surge to a 27-9 campaign and a second place finish at the Nationals.
The 2013-14 Surge tied a school record for wins while compiling a 29-5 record. Cincinnati State shared the OCCAC regular season championship with Owens, then beat the Express in the district championship game to advance to the NJCAA National Championships.
The 2014-15 team posted a 25-7 record, the fifth time in the past six seasons that the team has exceeded the 20-win mark.
Tate has had similar success developing talent. Thirteen Surge have been selected to the All-OCCAC first team, including John Williamson, Rayshawn Goins, James Millen and Winston Grays. Tate has earned OCCAC Coach of the Year honors twice (2009, 2014).
Tate was raised in Chicago and played basketball for Kankakee Community College following his graduation from Paul Roberson High School. Tate joined the University of Cincinnati program his junior season. When legendary Bob Huggins became head coach a year later, Tate was moved to point guard and played a major role in the team’s 20-14 season. He averaged 17.1 points and 3.4 assists as a senior, earning second team All-Metro Conference honors.
He played professional basketball in Puerto Rico, Finland and Turkey, between stints as a legal aid and social services counselor. In 2000, Tate launched his coaching career in the Chicago Public Schools system, serving one-year terms as assistant coach at Englewood and Lincoln Park high schools before becoming head coach at Wendell Phillips High.
In 2003, Tate returned to Cincinnati to serve as a teacher and athletic director at Douglass Middle School in the Cincinnati Public Schools system, and to join the Cincinnati State staff as assistant coach.
Mike Walker joined the Cincinnati State men's basketball coaching staff prior to the 2009-10 season, and since coming on board to serve under head coach Andre Tate, the Surge have enjoyed tremendous success.
Walker has helped guide Cincinnati State to two conference and regional championships, a national runner-up finish at the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament in 2010 (29-7 record) and a sixth-place finish in the country in 2014 (29-5).
In addition to the success of the team, several individual players have been honored since Walker joined the staff. Winston Grays, who scored more than 1,100 career points at Cincinnati State, was named Ohio Community College Athletic Conference player of the year, NJCAA all-tournament team and a first-team All-American in 2014, while Eric Mosley earned OCCAC player of the year honors in 2011.
Walker also has helped his Cincinnati State players to move on to four-year programs, including Rayshawn Goins, Jay Millen and Grays to James Madison, Morgan Tilford to Cal State Northridge and Mosley to St. Bonaventure.
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Walker was an assistant coach at Columbus State from 2006-09, including helping lead the 2008 team to a national runner-up finish in the NJCAA national tournament.