Head Coach, Men’s Basketball
Michael Duncan became head coach of the Tri-C Men’s Basketball team in the 2014-2015 season. Duncan’s winning record resulted in a NJCAA DII Region 12 District 11 championship game appearance, and the program produced multiple All-Conference and NJCAA DII Region 12 First Team players. His teams also ranked nationally in a number of key categories, from rebounds to steals. Prior to being named head coach, Duncan was an assistant coach and player at Tri-C.
He is a graduate of Cleveland Central Catholic High School, where he was a three-year letterman in basketball. Coach Duncan played basketball at Livingstone College in North Carolina, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology. He also completed the Teaching Certificate Program in Special Education at Notre Dame College.
Assistant Coach, Men’s Basketball
Thomas Coleman joined the Tri-C Men’s Basketball team as an assistant coach in the 2014-2015 season. Coleman’s efforts have helped the Challengers rack up an impressive 37-24 record over a two-year span. These teams have produced five All-Conference players and two NJCAA DII Region 12 District 11 First Team performers.
Prior to joining Tri-C, Coleman coached at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College and Columbus State Community College. While at those institutions, he helped lead both to NJCAA DII National Runner-Up finishes.
In addition to a bachelor’s degree in business studies from Binghamton State University, Coach Coleman has obtained two master’s degrees – a Master of Education from Notre Dame College and a Master of Educational Administration from Ashland University. He was a four-year letterman on the Men’s Basketball Team at Binghamton and received the team’s Most Improved Player Award and All-Freshman Team honors. He is currently ranked fourth All-Time on the school’s field goal shooting percentage list.
Jermaine Gay, Men’s Basketball
Jermaine Gay joined the Tri-C Men’s Basketball team as an assistant coach in the 2015-2016 season.
Prior to joining Tri-C, Gay spent 11 years with the National Basketball Academy, where he ran youth programs for organizations including the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Amateur Athletic Union. He also ran NBA camps featuring well-known players such as Al Jefferson, Donyell Marshall, Patrick Patterson, Delonte West and Eric Bledsoe.
Gay started his coaching career at Cleveland Central Catholic High School, where he helped lead the team to a 22-5 record and the OHSAA Boys’ Basketball State Tournament’s Final Four.