COLERAIN TOWNSHIP – Make two new faces to the Colerain High School sport for the next school year. On Thursday, Colerain Sporting Director Craig Ulland announced the hiring of basketball coach Patrick Cosgrove, who had previously headed Summit Country Day for the past five seasons.
Cosgrove is replacing Tyrone Gibert, who recently resigned. He will join new soccer coach Shawn Cutright, who took over the Cardinals in January after longtime coach Tom Bolden left for Lakota West.
The recruitment of Cosgrove is pending as of Monday April 22nd. He led the Silver Knights to 94 wins in five seasons. Summit won three Miami Valley Conference championships, two district championships, and two regional finals.
“We are very excited about the direction of the program,” said Ulland.
In 2017, Summit Country Day was 26-1 with Cosgrove as Division III Southwest Ohio Coach of the Year.
Cosgrove, 36, has been a Summit coach since he was 20. Prior to becoming head coach, Cosgrove was a 10-year-old assistant that included the 2012 team that won the Division III Ohio State Championship under head coach Michael Bradley. That team consisted of former University of Cincinnati security guard Kevin Johnson.
“He (Cosgrove) brings instant credibility to the program,” said Ulland. “He really excelled throughout the interview process and impressed everyone on the committee. We are very much looking forward to the next direction in the basketball program.”
Cosgrove added, “For me it’s an opportunity that really can’t be missed. Colerain obviously has the athletes. I love the sports director, I love the headmaster, they were totally invested. It’s a really cool place.”
Cosgrove is a 2001 Summit graduate and has two undergraduate degrees from Xavier University. He is expected to complete his Masters with Xavier this year.
Cosgrove has already reached out to Cardinals football coach Shawn Cutright to share some of Colerain’s best on the hardwood.
“It was a very positive discussion about the two-athlete and how it benefits everyone,” said Cosgrove. “Administration is all about the impact a good basketball team can have on the school and the spirit of the school.”
Colerain was 10-14 last season. The Cardinals won 19-5 last season in 2010 and have never won a GMC championship. Cosgrove hopes to change that and is ready for the bigger gyms and league competition.
“Hamilton and Middletown are ridiculous!” Cosgrove said about the arenas of the GMC. “I won’t have a wall behind me when I work out. Some of these gyms are just amazing. I would love to see this place (Colerain) full. That would be really cool!”