Head Coach, Men’s Basketball
Michael Duncan became the head coach of the Tri-C Men’s Basketball Team in the 2014-2015 season. Duncan’s winning record of 122 – 36 over a five-year time frame has resulted (4) consecutive NJCAA DII Region 12 District 11 Championship game appearances, 3 consecutive OCCAC Conference Championships, 1 NJCAA DII Region 12 District 11 Championship, and 1 NJCAA DII National Tournament appearance which resulted in a 7th Place finish. In addition his teams have finished the regular season ranked in the top 20 in the nation three times, which included a #1 ranking to end the 2017-2018 regular season. He has coached 13 All-Conference performers, six NJCAA DII Region 12 District 11 First Team players as well as (2) NJCAA DII All-Americans. In addition to these accomplishments, Coach Duncan has been named OCCAC Coach of the Year (3) consecutive years (2017, 2018, 2019) and Region 12 District 11 Coach of the Year (2018). Prior to being named head coach, Duncan was a former assistant coach and starting Point Guard for the 2004 National Championship Tri-C Men’s Basketball Team.
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 staff as an assistant coach in the 2014-2015 season. Coleman’s efforts have helped the Challengers rack up an impressive 122-36 record over a five-year span. These teams produced many All-Conference performers and All-Region players as well as (2) NJCAA DII All-Americans.
Prior to joining Tri-C, Coleman coached at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College as well as Columbus State Community College. While at these two institutions he helped lead both to NJCAA DII National Runner-up finishes.
In addition to his Bachelor’s degree in Business Studies from Binghamton State University, Coach Coleman has obtained two master degrees – A Master in 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 ECAC All-Freshman Team honors. He is currently ranked fourth All-Time on the schools field goal shooting percentage list.
Assistant Coach, Men’s Basketball
Aaron Nixon joins the Cuyahoga Community College Men’s Basketball staff as an Assistant Coach with a wealth of basketball knowledge and a storied playing career. Nixon has coached as an Assistant at Lakeland Community College (NJCAA DII/1-Year), West Virginia State University (NCAA DII/2-Years), Lourdes University (NAIA DII/2-Years) and Heidelberg University (NCAA DIII/2-Years).
As a player, Nixon was an NCAA DI All-American selection as a senior at Long Beach State University in 2007. That same year he was named both Conference Tournament MVP and Big West Conference Player of the Year.
As a player in the JUCO ranks, Nixon was an All-CCCMBCA 1st Team member as a Sophomore while attending San Bernardino Valley College (CA) in 2005 and was selected 3rd Team All-American as a Freshman while attending Columbus State Community College (OH).
Nixon has earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Long Beach State University and a Master’s Degree from Heidelberg University.