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A celebration of Surge success through the years…

John Hurley - Men's Basketball Coach & Athletic Director - 1977 to 2003

In an effort to chronicle the past & present, the Cincinnati State athletic department will be featuring individuals, teams and events in articles throughout this season.

Our fourth edition takes a look at one of the most influential individuals in the history of Cincinnati State athletics - Coach John Hurley.

John Hurley could be classified as a coaching legend, not only at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, but in the state of Ohio. His coaching career spans from the high school level to the semiprofessional league. He has been inducted in five hall of fames including the Greater Cincinnati Basketball Hall of Fame and NJCAA Hall of Fame. One of Hurley’s biggest achievements was founding the first athletic department at the then named Cincinnati Technical College.

Hurley’s career did not begin at Cincinnati State, however. Born and raised in Portsmouth, OH, Hurley played collegiate basketball at Bowling Green State University. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and school administration in 1973, Hurley joined the staff of Ohio University’s men’s basketball team as an assistant coach from 1974-1975. From 1971-1976, Hurley served as the head boys basketball coach for Milford High School where he earned the first 103 wins of his coaching career.

In 1977, Hurley landed at Cincinnati Technical College. After approaching the NCAA to join the NJCAA division and being approved, Hurley went to work putting together a winning program. Hurley also served as the athletic director. His commitment and work ethic to the success of the program was lauded by reporters and observers alike, especially when he was found mopping the floor of the gymnasium. Hurley amassed 554 wins in his 26 year tenure at Cincinnati State, including nine OCCAC championships.

In 2004, Hurley departed for UC-Clermont to serve as head coach of their men’s basketball team. He brought immediate success to the program winning the school’s first national championship in 2008. In 2012, Hurley recorded his 900th win of his coaching career. He led the school to five straight conference titles and 267 victories over a ten year span.

Deeply entrenched in the history of Cincinnati State athletics, John Hurley was inducted as the first member of the Cincinnati State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009. John's presence as the program's director is still reflected with staff members Wil Cagle, women’s soccer coach; Mike Combs, men’s soccer coach; and Scott Webb, golf coach. All three were hired by Hurley and have led their teams to success over their tenures with the college.

(Contributions to this story by Jocelyn Taylor – Cincinnati State Marketing Department & Cincinnati State Archives Department)

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14 john hurleyCoach John Hurley brought college athletics to Cincinnati State in 1977.

From the Tigers to the evolution of the Cincinnati State mascot

8.16.14 - In an effort to chronicle the past & present, the Cincinnati State athletic department will be featuring  individuals, teams and events in weekly articles throughout this season.


Our third edition takes a look at the evolution of the college’s mascot and logo.


Cincinnati State’s longest running athletic program, men’s basketball, began competing in 1970 as the Cincinnati Tech Tigers (pictured). At the time, the team colors were blue and gold. As the years went on, additional sports were added – all competing under the Cincinnati Tech Tiger name until 1993 when the institutional powers decided to convert Cincinnati Tech to a state community college.


As part of the conversion, Cincinnati Tech College became Cincinnati State Technical & Community College. With a new name came a new team mascot. The Tigers were no more as Cincinnati State participated in athletic competition as the Surge. Given the college’s expertise and provided training in technology, the name refers to a “surge” of electricity referencing the focus of Cincinnati State’s technical degree programs.


From 1994 on, Cincinnati State would be known as the Surge while the school colors officially changed to green and white with variations throughout the last 20 years. Under the Surge name, Cincinnati State has seen its mascot evolve from a frog named Surgio (pictured) to an intimidating walking lightning bolt (pictured). Introduced in 2010, the bolt has remained nameless throughout its existence. The bolt is a constant presence at basketball games and other home events.


The Surge logo has also gone through a series of changes. In the late 90s, the athletic department began using a logo separate from the college’s universal logo. The logo featured the word “SURGE” with an electric streak jetting down the middle of the image (pictured). The logo remained unchanged until 2012. The athletic department began using a new look Surge logo which omitted the electric bolt in favor of a more sleek design which featured action marks and a new font. The new logo was first introduced in the middle of the newly renovated basketball court. Throughout the 2012-2013 season, Cincinnati State began introducing a wide array and variations of the logo specific to each sport. These images included the Surge “S” and “S-Ball” logos (pictured). In addition, there have also been discussions of introducing a new mascot. Some suggestions have included bringing back the Tiger with modified colors and markings to incorporate the past & present.



Patrick Baxter - Class of 2005

8.7.14 - A celebration of Cincinnati State's tradition of athletic success...

Throughout the upcoming school year, Cincinnati State will be celebrating the numerous accomplishments of the past & present. 

This week, we take a look at soccer player Patrick Baxter.

Baxter came to Cincinnati State with an impressive high school resume. Playing forward for nearby Wyoming High School, Baxter set the school record with 40 goals as a senior and was selected to the All-Conference, All-City and All-State Teams in 2003.

Suiting up for the Surge in 2004, Baxter set nearly every statistical record including goals, assists and points. Leading the Surge to back-to-back OCCAC titles, Baxter tallied 54 goals, 43 assists and 151 points in two seasons which still ranks No. 1 in the college record books. As a sophomore, Baxter set single season records with 27 goals, 27 assists and 81 points. After leading the NJCAA in scoring, Baxter was named an NJCAA & NSCAA All-American.

“When you look at all the individuals that have come through our program, Pat’s name is at the top of the list,” Head Coach Mike Combs says. “He made the most of his opportunities at Cincinnati State and helped set the standard for our student-athletes.”

After graduating from Cincinnati State, Baxter went on to play and start at the University of Cincinnati, helping the Bearcats to the 2006 Big East Conference title.

After earning his degree from UC, Baxter served as the head coach for youth soccer club South Carolina United FC, a position he held until 2011. Baxter currently resides in Chicago working as a Business Development Analyst at CIT.

(Information provided by University of Cincinnati Sport Information & Cincinnati State Athletic Department)


Patrick Baxter is the all-time leading scorer in Cincinnati State soccer history. After two years at Cincinnati State, Baxter went on to help the University of Cincinnati win the Big East Conference in 2006.





Rory Glasco - Class of 1981

7.30.14 -- Throughout the upcoming school year, Cincinnati State will be celebrating the numerous accomplishments of the past & present. 

Our first article features standout forward Rory Glasco. Glasco played for legendary coach John Hurley from 1979-1981. 

"When Rory played, one local writer suggested that he was the best player in the area," Hurley recalled. "That included players from Xavier and UC."

That reporter may have been accurate in his description of the 6'10 forward. Glasco set and still holds nearly every record at Cincinnati State. His accomplishments include:

-Most career points (1406)
-Most points in single season (822)
-Most career rebounds (810)
-Most rebounds in single season (440)
-Most career assists (416)
-Most assists in single season (258)
-Most field goals (600)
-Most rebounds in single game (26)

Glasco selected as an NJCAA All-American in 1981. Cincinnati State, known as the Tigers back then, enjoyed back to back 27-6 seasons with Glasco leading the way.

After a brief stint at Indiana State, Glasco transferred to the University of the Cumberlands (KY) for his final season of eligibility following the departure of the Indiana State's head coach. Playing for the Patriots, Glasco averaged 18.2 points and 11 rebounds while leading the team to a program best 33-3 overall record, a mark that still stands today.


(Information provided by Cincinnati State & the University of the Cumberlands Sport Information Staff)

Rory Glasco

Rory Glasco holds nearly every school record. Glasco was an All-American and played for coach John Hurley from 1979 to 1981.

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