Cincinnati State Coaching Staff
Andre Tate is head coach of the men’s basketball team at Cincinnati State.
In his nine seasons as head coach, Tate has compiled a record of 181-106 which is highlighted by a 2010 run to the finals of the National Junior College Athletic Association National Tournament.
Tate was raised in Chicago and played basketball for Kankakee Community College following his graduation from Paul Roberson High School.
He was recruited to the University of Cincinnati by then-head coach Bob Huggins, and played on UC’s 1988-89 and 1989-90 teams following his transfer from Kankakee. Tate saw action on the wing his junior season, during which he averaged 11.4 points. He was moved to point guard prior to his senior campaign and was a major contributor to the team's 20-14 campaign. Tate averaged 17.1 points and 3.4 assists as a senior, earning second team All-Metro Conference honors.
He subsequently 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, he 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 staff at Cincinnati State. After serving a year as an assistant coach at Cincinnati State, he was promoted to head coach in 2004-05. His first Surge squad posted an 18-14 record.
In the 2006-2007 season, the Surge posted a 25-5 record and made their first trip to nationals.
In 2007, Tate took a hiatus from the Cincinnati State program and became video coordinator at the University of Cincinnati. When Theresa Check took over as Athletic Director at Cincinnati State, one of her first moves was to bring Tate back on board to run the men’s basketball program.
In the 2008-09 season, the men's team compiled a 16-16 record. An unacceptable result for Coach Tate's standards, the staff aggressively recruited the area in search of dramatic improvements. It would pay off.
In the 2009-10 season, Tate led the Surge to a 27-9 regular season record and a hard-fought Ohio Community College Athletic Conference championship. His team then knocked off the number one seed in the opening round of the national tournament and clawed its way into the finals, coming within 11 points of the school's first national title.
In 2011, Cincinnati State went 24-10 overall which included Andre Tate's 100th coaching victory. The Surge came up one win short of a second consecutive national tournament appearance after losing to Lakeland in the Region XII Final.
In 2014, Tate led his team to a OCCAC title, District Championship, a 6th place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament and a 29-5 overall season. At the conclusion of the season, Tate was named the OCCAC "Coach of the Year."
In his nine seasons as a head coach at Cincinnati State, Tate has developed 13 1st Team All-Conference players, including John Williamson, Rayshawn Goins, James Millen, Eric Mosley and Winston Grays.
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.