Upper School Athletics

girl student soccer players

Cincinnati Country Day School is a member of the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) and competes in the Miami Valley Conference (MVC). The athletic program consists of 22 sports and over 50 teams at different levels. The school has a tradition of athletic excellence while at the same time having a “no-cut” policy that allows all students to participate. Over 90% of the student body will participate in at least one sports season during the year, and 70% of the senior class will participate in at least 8 seasons during their high school career.

Over the last 16 years, CCDS athletic teams have won 81 MVC Championships, 37 Sectional Championships, 33 District Championships, 8 Regional Championships and 6 State Championships. CCDS athletes have captured 8 Individual State Championships, 3 Youth National Championships, and 6 students have been recognized as All-Americans along with one Olympian.

Handbook

Review the CCDS Athletic Handbook online: Athletic Handbook

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Athletic Teams & Schedules

Fall Coaches

CrossCountry

Merle Black has coached Cross Country and Track since 1988. His teams have won 7 Miami Valley Conference Championships and have finished as District Runner-Up 3 times. Over his career at CCDS, Coach Black has led a large number of male and female cross country runners to the State Championships. Coach Black has recently sent runners on to compete at Holy Cross, Oberlin, Wesleyan, and Williams College the last 5 years.

Coach Black is the Chair of the History Dept. at CCDS and one of the most respected faculty members.

Football

Serving as football coach is Greg Ross, Associate Athletic Director, and varsity basketball coach. Ross has served as the CCDS head football coach and an assistant coach. He is starting his 16th year at Country Day.

Golf Boys


Brent Baumann is the new head coach of the boys varsity golf team. Baumann’s golf career began in 2011 playing amateur events in the Florida State Golf Association. From there his golf game expanded to playing professionally in the Gateway and Moonlight tour in 2012 and 2013. He caddied for professional golfer Brad Schneider in 2013 during his tour qualifying school and has played head to head with PGA tour pro Michael Bradley.

Golf Girls

Pat Dunn, a former Division I field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse player, has coached at CCDS since 2003. Before that she coached soccer and lacrosse in Connecticut.

Under her direction the girls varsity golf team qualified for the district tournament for the first time, had the first winning record in school history, and the first golfer (Kacie Bradfish) to qualify for the state tournament. The program is designed to encourage new golfers and develop the more advanced players. The team plays some of the finest courses in Cincinnati and competes citywide.

Established in 2001, the CCD girls varsity lacrosse team was one of the earliest programs in the state of Ohio. Able to compete with Division I schools, the team boasts both talent and sportsmanship. A number of CCDS graduates have gone on to play in college.

Coach Dunn is Chair of the English Department, and English Teacher and a College Counselor.

Soccer Boys

Greg Hirschauer is the Boys Varsity Soccer Coach at CCDS where his career record is 235-136-38. He has been a High School Soccer Coach for 25 years, including years as an Assistant Coach at Cincinnati Country Day and Turpin High School, where he was a member of the staff when Turpin was Ohio State Champion and Ohio Runner-up (1985). Greg has been Ohio Boys High School Coach of the Year (2000) and a 5-time SW Ohio Coach of the Year (1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003). Coach Hirschauer is a former college, professional and amateur men’s soccer player. Greg has played for the University of Dayton Soccer Club, was in the U.S. Marine Corps National Soccer pool, played/trained with the Dayton Dynamo (MPSL) and Cincinnati Cheetahs (USISL).

Soccer Girls

Theresa Hirschauer has been coaching at Cincinnati Country Day since the fall of 1990. Coach Hirschauer won her 300th career game in 2015. She has been named Coach of the Year—MVC, Southwest Ohio, and Private School Coach of the Year numerous times. The soccer program has won 7 Miami Valley Conference Championships, 8 Sectional Championships, and 5 District Championships.

A member of the Brown University Hall of Fame and the Buddy LaRosa’s High Schooll Sports Hall of Fame, Coach Hirschauer has earned numerous athletic honors during her career in soccer, basketball and softball. She was named one of the top athletes in Ivy League history.

Tennis Girls

Kyle Scully '08 is the new head coach of the girls varsity tennis team.

Scully has been a coach with the girls tennis team since 2014 and was a successful player during her time at Country Day. She won the OHSAA doubles championship in 2007. After Country Day she had a successful collegiate career at DePauw University. Scully is currently a highly rated singles player in the greater Cincinnati tennis community.


Volleyball

Heather Recker is the new head coach of the girls varsity volleyball team. Recker has been involved with volleyball since her high school career at Beechwood High School in Fort Mitchell, KY. She went on to play at Midway University where she was nationally ranked as one of the top outside hitters in the country. Recker also coaches with the 14U National Select team with the Northern Kentucky Junior Volleyball club.


Winter Coaches

Basketball Boys

Coach Greg Ross enters his third season as the boys varsity basketball coach at CCDS. In his first full year as head coach he led the Indians to a 17-7 record and a Miami Valley Conference Championship. He was named MVC Coach of the Year and was selected to be the Head Coach of the East team in the annual Cincinnati East vs. West All Star game. Year two he sported a 14-9 record.

Ross has been employed at Cincinnati Country Day School for the last 15 years, serving as associate athletic director and coaching football and basketball. Coach Ross has a true passion and love for the game of basketball and hopes that his players learn valuable lessons that will serve them well on and off the court.

Basketball Girls

John Snell started coaching Basketball at CCDS in 2005. His teams won 3 Miami Valley Conference Championships in a row (2010, 2011, 2012) and were crowned sectional champs in 2013. Coach Snell has accumulated over 200 wins as a varsity coach. Prior to coming to CCDS, he was the Head Coach at Landmark Christian where his teams won 2 Miami Valley Conference Championships and were Sectional Finalists.

Gymnastics

Steve Conner started his coaching career at CCDS in 1990.

He has been an assistant football and track coach and Head Gymnastic Coach. He became the Head Coach of the Girls Track Team in 2008 and took over the boys team in 2015. Coach Conner has helped lead the Girls Track team to dominance in the MVC with 17 league titles and 18 District Championships in his 22 years. He has coached 1 state Champion and dozens of state qualifiers over the years. In his first season as boys coach he led the team to an MVC and District Championship. In Gymnastics he has coached many quality teams and individuals that have fared well in the City Championships and at the District Meet.

Coach Conner is a Physical Education Teacher at CCDS.

Swimming

Derek Finn is the new head coach of the boys and girls varsity swim team. His coaching career started with the Mason Manta Rays in 2011 where he oversaw more than 200 junior Olympic qualifiers and more than 50 high school state qualifiers. In 2016, he left the Manta Rays to establish the swim program at Life Time Fitness. In a single year, he grew the program to more than 150 swimmers.

Before his coaching career, Finn was a varsity swimmer at the University of Cincinnati, graduating in 2010. While at UC, he specialized in the breast stroke.

Wrestling

Dan Wood has coached at CCDS since 2000. Over his career, Coach Wood has coached football, baseball and wrestling. As the Varsity Wrestling Coach he has instilled a mental toughness in his wrestlers and has continued to teach life skills for a very difficult sport.

Coach Wood is a Middle Science teacher and a leader of the school enviromental and recycling efforts.

Spring Coaches

Baseball

Asif Shahis the new Varsity baseball head coach.

Shah spent the spring season as an assistant coach on the varsity baseball staff. Before that he was the head coach at Finneytown high school and assistant at Turpin high school.

Coach Shah is an alumnus of the school having graduated in 2003. He was a key member of the 2001 Country Day State Championship team. After Country Day, he played Division 1 baseball at the University of Akron and Southeast Missouri State where he earned a degree in radio broadcasting. After college he played seven years of minor league baseball.

"Being able to lead the Country Day baseball program is the opportunity of a lifetime. I couldn't ask for a better place to teach the game I love. Country Day had a profound impact on me as an athlete and student. I look forward to continuing the tradition of excellence the baseball program has always been known for." said Coach Shah.

Coach Shah's vision for the program is to maintain a level of excellence on and off the field.

Lacrosse Boys

Coach Frank Baverso will begin his first season as the Head Coach for the Country Day Boy Lacrosse Program. Coach Baverso, a native of Pittsburgh, has been coaching Lacrosse for the past nine year from the high school to college ranks.

Baverso earned his Master’s Degree from Kent State University and his Bachelor's Degree from Youngstown State University where he was a 4-year captain of the Lacrosse team. Baverso plans to help grow the game of lacrosse in the Cincinnati area.

Along with Country day Baverso is an assistant lacrosse coach with the Cincinnati Royals and The Mount St. Joesph University lacrosse programs. Baverso is also an Assistant with the Country Day football team.

Lacrosse Girls

Pat Dunn, a former Division I field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse player, has coached at CCDS since 2003. Before that she coached soccer and lacrosse in Connecticut.

Under her direction the girls varsity golf team qualified for the district tournament for the first time, had the first winning record in school history, and the first golfer (Kacie Bradfish) to qualify for the state tournament. The program is designed to encourage new golfers and develop the more advanced players. The team plays some of the finest courses in Cincinnati and competes citywide.

Established in 2001, the CCD girls varsity lacrosse team was one of the earliest programs in the state of Ohio. Able to compete with Division I schools, the team boasts both talent and sportsmanship. A number of CCDS graduates have gone on to play in college.

Coach Dunn is Chair of the English Department, and English Teacher and a College Counselor.

Rowing

Coach Pedro Palacios has been the Rowing Coach at Cincinnati Country Day since 2008. He is the director of No Limits Rowing in Cincinnati. A former member of the Mexican National Rowing Team, Pedro has coached many college and high school rowers.Before coming to CCDS he coached the Clermont Rowing Club.

Coach Palacios has had multiple boats place in the top 10 at both Youth Nationals and Scholastic Nationals since he has been head coach at CCDS. He has sent many rowers on to compete at the college level.

Softball

Scott Lemen took over as the Head Varsity Softball Coach in the Spring of 2013. Scott was an assistant coach for 8 seasons at both the junior high and high school levels. Coach Lemen was also a coach for the Bustos Ultimates for 4 years, which is a summer select team. He has been an assistant coach for the CCDS wrestling program for 4 years and has run the CCDS Invitational Tournaments for 8 years as well. He is the proud father of two CCDS Alums, Bradley Keiser '03 and Anna Lemen '10. He has been an active member of the community as a parent, coach, and booster member for 20 years.

Coach Lemen is the owner of Industrial Rope Supply, which has operations in both Cincinnati and St. Louis.

Tennis Boys

Coach Matt Dektas has been teaching tennis for over 17 years in the Cincinnati area. He became the Head Coach at CCDS in 2011. He has been voted “Greater Cincinnati Pro of the Year", Ohio "Pro of the Year", and Midwest "Junior Coach of the Year".

He is the co-founder of the EX Academy with Craig Boynton (current coach of John Isner). EX has over 100 Midwest ranked players, has produced over 4 million dollars in college scholarships, and now has 3 satellite programs in Chicago, Cleveland, and Dayton. Matt graduated from law school in 2002, but continued to teach because it is what he loves. He has led the Indians to a 3rd place finish in the State Tournament in 2012 and 2013 and in 2014 and 2015 his teams captured the OTCA State Championship.

The 2014 season was a very special year for the CCDS tennis program as Asher Hirsch was crowned State Champion in Singles (for the 2nd year in a row) and JJ Wolf was State Runner Up in Singles. Patrick Wildman and Kevin Yu took home the Doubles Championship.

The 2015 season was also special as the Indians were once again MVC Champs and the doubles team of Vishaal Nalagatla and Shaheel Mitra captured the State Championship.

Track

Steve Conner started his coaching career at CCDS in 1990.


He has been an assistant football and track coach and Head Gymnastic Coach. He became the Head Coach of the Girls Track Team in 2008 and took over the boys team in 2015. Coach Conner has helped lead the Girls Track team to dominance in the MVC with 17 league titles and 18 District Championships in his 22 years. He has coached 1 state Champion and dozens of state qualifiers over the years. In his first season as boys coach he led the team to an MVC and District Championship. In Gymnastics he has coached many quality teams and individuals that have fared well in the City Championships and at the District Meet.

Coach Conner is a Physical Education Teacher at CCDS.