The Summit Country Day School will induct two professional athletes, a lacrosse coach and former player and a two-sport alumna into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame during Homecoming festivities on Friday, Sept. 22.
The group includes FC Cincinnati’s Austin Berry, professional golfer Wes Homan, Summit assistant lacrosse coach and former lacrosse player Eddie Maag and former basketball and soccer player Tiara Turner.
A defender on FC Cincinnati’s professional soccer team, Austin Berry is a 2007 Summit alumnus and was all-state first-team and a Cincinnati Enquirer all-star in high school. He had a decorated career at the University of Louisville when the Cardinals finished as runner-up at the 2010 national championship. At Louisville, he was a two-time NSCAA All-American, Soccer America Most Valuable Player, College Soccer News All-American and Big East Defensive Player of the Year. He was named to the All-Big East first team in 2010 and 2011 and voted to the College Cup All-Tournament Team.
Austin was selected by the Chicago Fire as the ninth overall pick in the 2012 Major League Soccer SuperDraft. He was 2012 MLS Rookie of the Year, was traded to the Philadelphia Union in 2014 and loaned to South Korea’s FC Anyang in 2015. He is an inaugural member of the United Soccer League’s (USL) FC Cincinnati team and was a co-captain in 2016. He was recognized on the USL team twice last season, played in 20 games and scored three goals. He scored the game-winning goal in FC Cincinnati’s first game at Nippert Stadium and received the teams Cincinnatus Award for outstanding leadership.
“After my first visit to The Summit I knew that was my high school,” said Austin. “The Summit was everything I needed to achieve my goals in life. Summit’s athletic program was a perfect fit for me to develop as a soccer player. The academics are top-notch and helped me to earn a scholarship to play collegiate soccer. My classmates, teachers and all the people of The Summit helped make my time there so special.”
Professional golfer Wes Homan, a 2002 graduate, still holds many of The Summit’s individual golf records. He played golf at Xavier University for a year before transferring to Southern Methodist University (SMU) where he was an Academic All-American and the team competed for a national championship every year. Graduating with a degree in finance in 2006 from SMU, he played amateur golf with great success, winning the 2006 Met and qualifying for two U.S. Amateurs. He turned pro in 2008 and has worked his way up the pro-golf ladder, playing and winning on nearly all the tours in the world, eventually attaining his own Web.com Tour, and European tour card in 2015. He has qualified and played many events on the PGA tour, including some of golf’s biggest events like the Memorial Tournament, the Zurich Classic and The Honda Classic. He has competed against the world’s best golfers including the likes of Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth.
“With great facilities and great coaches, playing sports at the Summit laid the foundation for my collegiate and professional careers,” Wes said. “I will never forget the support I received as well the fun we had, on and off the course. Looking back The Summit was a great place to grow as a person and an athlete.”
Eddie Maag, currently the offensive coordinator for the Summit boys’ lacrosse team, is a 2002 Summit alum and former lacrosse player. On the varsity lacrosse team, he was a four-year starter, most improved player twice and team captain three years. He was named all-state three times, first team all-conference three times, most valuable player in the 2002 Ohio All-Star game. He was also a four-year starter on the varsity football team.
After The Summit, he graduated from Xavier University and received his MBA from the University of Cincinnati. He has been the offensive coordinator of the boys’ lacrosse team since 2006 when the lacrosse team won the state championship. Altogether, he’s been coaching lacrosse at The Summit for 12 seasons. During that time, the team has been city champions three times, in 2006, 2011 and 2016, and made three state final four appearances. He also served as the football linebackers coach in 2007.
A Summit lifer, his son, Will, is now in the Montessori program.
“Playing sports and coaching lacrosse at The Summit have truly been two of my great joys in life,” Coach Maag said. “The memories I've made and the relationships I've built from my time there are ones that I will always treasure. I'd like to thank Greg Dennis, my former coaches, teammates and players (former and current) for making my time at The Summit such a great experience.”
Tiara Turner played basketball and soccer her sophomore, junior and senior years. In basketball, Tiara was a three-time starter. She demonstrated great strength and speed on the basketball court. “In her three years playing for The Summit, none of our opponents pressed us in the back court,” said Coach Beth Simmons. “She helped lead us to our first district appearance in 2007.” She is currently sixth in all-time assist holder with 211. In soccer, she was team captain in 2006. During her senior year, she led the team in scoring and was team offensive most valuable player, first team Miami Valley Conference and All-Southwest Ohio. Tiara was chosen to play in the city senior all-star soccer game that season. She finished her three-year career with 35 games played, scoring 17 goals, 4 game winners and 7 assists.
After graduating from The Summit, she attended Thomas More College where she was a member of the women's basketball team for a year before transferring to the University of Cincinnati (UC) where she completed her bachelor's degree in criminal justice while also coaching at The Summit. Tiara served as varsity assistant basketball coach in 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13. She was also an AAU seventh grade girls’ basketball with the Cincy Swish in 2013. She received her master's degree in criminal justice - analysis of criminal behavior from UC in 2015. Since moving to Columbus, she has continued to be a supporter of the Silver Knights girls’ basketball program as a scout and fan, driving down often to attend games and meet with students and coaches.
“As a Summit student-athlete and coach, I was surrounded by teachers, coaches, teammates and players who demonstrated a commitment to excellence,” she said. “It is still amazing to look back on the way sports brought everyone within the Summit community together to create memories and relationships that would last a lifetime. I am forever grateful to my family, teammates, faculty and staff of The Summit, and all of my coaches who played a role in fostering my growth as a student, athlete and person in one of the best experiences of my life.”