Mike Combs leaves Mason High School football for the Seven Hills program

The Seven Hills School has announced that Mike Combs will be its new head college football coach. Combs was Cincinnati State’s head football coach for 14 years and most recently served as the boys’ head varsity football coach at Mason High School, where he had a three-year record of 43-9-4.

“I am honored and thrilled to become the head boys’ varsity football coach at Seven Hills,” Combs said. “I look forward to having an immediate positive impact on the whole football programme.”

Former FC Cincinnati and Jamaican national team player Omar Cummings is joining Combs as a senior assistant. After playing for Cincinnati State and the University of Cincinnati, Cummings won the MLS Cup with the Colorado Rapids in 2010 and played for the FCC before retiring in 2017.

FC Cincinnati striker Omar Cummings (14) is recognized at half-time after announcing his retirement from football during the international friendly match between Spanish La Liga side FC Valencia and USL side FC Cincinnati, the Monday, July 24, 2017, at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati.

Combs coached Mason to three consecutive Greater Miami Conference titles and won Coach of the Year twice. At Cincinnati State, he had a 223-50-13 record and led the team to 12 Ohio Community College Athletic Conference championships. Under Combs, the Surge also won three regional titles, two district titles and three NJCAA national tournament appearances.

He was named OCCAC Coach of the Year 10 times and NJCAA Regional XII Coach of the Year three times. During Combs’ 14 seasons, Cincinnati State’s football program was ranked in the top 15 nationally and produced 16 All-Americans.

Madeira's Mike Combs was named the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association's 2013 Coach of the Year.  Combs is now the head coach at Seven Hills.  Thanks to Nick Novy/State of Cincinnati

Combs has been working at Seven Hills as a lower grade physical education teacher since the start of the 2021-22 school year.

“The opportunity to teach and coach at this phenomenal school will give me the greatest opportunity to have a positive impact on our student-athletes and lead a program that the Athletic Department and the community of Seven Hills will be proud of” , said Combs.

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