Andre Tate, who directed Cincinnati State and Technical College to the finals of the National Junior College Athletics Association and former Bearcat, is the video coordinator for the University of Cincinnati men's basketball team.
Tate earned district coach of the year honors after guiding Cincinnati state to a 26-9 record last season. The Surge won the Ohio community colleges and the NJCAA District 7 tournaments to advance to the NJCAA finals, where they finished fifth. John Williamson, a member of the 2006 recruiting class, earned NJCAA All-American honors under Tate's tutelage.
Tate was a starter on the UC teams of 1988-89 and 1989-90 following his transfer from Kankakee Community College. He 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.
Tate, who completed his bachelor's degree in 1993, played professional basketball in Puerto Rico, Finland and Turkey between stints as a legal aide and social services counselor.
In 2000, Tate launched his coaching career in the Chicago Public Schools system, serving one-year stints 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 athletics director at Douglass Middle School in the Cincinnati Public Schools system, and to join the staff at Cincinnati State. After serving a year as assistant coach, he was promoted to head coach in 2004-05. His first Surge squad posted an 18-14 ledger.
Tate, who compiled a record of 44-23 in two seasons as head coach, developed three first team all-conference players at Cincinnati State.