Coach Andre Tate
Andre Tate currently serves as interim athletic director and head coach of the men’s basketball team at Cincinnati State.
In his six seasons as head coach, Tate has compiled a record of 133-68 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.
Tate has developed nine 1st Team All-Conference players, including former Cincinnati Bearcat standout John Williamson.