Jamion Christian

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Jamion Christian
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Siena
Conference MAAC
Record 0-0 (–)
Biographical details
Born (1982-04-18) April 18, 1982 (age 36)
Quinton, Virginia
Playing career
2000–2003 Mount St. Mary’s
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2004–2006 Emory and Henry (asst.)
2006–2008 Bucknell (operations)
2008–2011 William & Mary (asst.)
2011–2012 VCU (asst.)
2012–2018 Mount St. Mary’s
2018–present Siena
Head coaching record
Overall 101-95 (.515)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
NEC Tournament championships (2014, 2017)
NEC regular season championship (2017)
Awards
NEC Coach of the Year (2017)
Ben Jobe Award (2017)

Jamion Christian (born April 18, 1982)[1] is an American college basketball coach. He is the current head coach of the Siena Saints men's basketball program. Christian was introduced as the 17th head coach in Siena basketball history on May 2, 2018.

Biography[edit]

Christian was born and raised in Quinton, Virginia. As a shooting guard, he led New Kent High School to a Virginia High School League State Championship with a 26–0 record and earned the VHSL Group A State Player of the Year honors. Christian then became a shooting guard and a three-year captain for Mount St. Mary's under head coaches Jim Phelan and Milan Brown. Christian's Father, John Christian, was a stand out track athlete at Virginia State University.

Assistant coaching career[edit]

Christian began his coaching career as an assistant at Emory and Henry College (2004–06), Bucknell (2006–08) and then William & Mary (2008–11). While with Coach Shaver and the Tribe, Christian recruited two of the most successful players in Tribe history: Brandon Britt and Marcus Thornton.

Christian then served as an assistant at Virginia Commonwealth (2011–12) under head coach Shaka Smart, helping the Rams to the third round of the 2012 NCAA tournament after upsetting #5 seed Wichita State in the 2nd round. Coach Christian also helped the rams to a 2012 CAA Tournament championship and finished 2011-12 season with the most wins in school history (29).

Head coaching career[edit]

Mount St. Mary's hired Christian as head coach on March 26, 2012. Christian implemented an up-tempo offense and “mayhem” defense, comparable to VCU's "havoc" defense popularized by Shaka Smart. After his first season at the helm, Christian was named finalist for 2013 Joe B. Hall Award presented to the top first-year head coach in Division 1.

During the 2012-13 season, the Mountaineers qualified for the NEC tournament for the first time since the 2009–10 season. As a No. 5 seed, Mount St. Mary's upset Bryant and Robert Morris, but lost to Long Island University in the championship game.[2] During the 2013-14 season, the Mountaineers won the NEC tournament and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, their first appearance since 2008.

Coach Christian was also responsible for overseeing development of Rashad Whack (2014 NEC Tournament MVP and 2nd Team All-NEC; 2013 NEC All-Tournament Team), Julian Norfleet (2014 NEC All-Tournament Team and 2nd Team All-NEC), Sam Prescott (2014 NEC All-Tournament Team) and Shivaughn Wiggins (2013 NEC Rookie of the Year and CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Freshman of the Year).


Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers (Northeast Conference) (2012–2018)
2012–13 Mount St. Mary's 18–14 11–7 T–5th
2013–14 Mount St. Mary's 16–17 9–7 4th NCAA First Four
2014–15 Mount St. Mary's 15–15 11–7 4th
2015–16 Mount St. Mary's 14–19 10–8 5th
2016–17 Mount St. Mary's 20–16 14–4 1st NCAA First Round
2017–18 Mount St. Mary's 18–14 12–6 T–2nd
Mount St. Mary's: 101–95 (.515) 67–39 (.632)
Siena Saints (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) (2018–present)
2018–19 Siena 0–0 0–0
Siena: 0–0 (–) 0–0 (–)
Total: 101–95 (.515)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

References[edit]

http://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/capital-region/sports/2018/05/01/jamion-christian-siena-basketball-coaching-job https://www.timesunion.com/sports/article/Siena-hires-Christian-as-men-s-basketball-coach-12879049.php http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/23384851/siena-hires-jamion-christian-men-basketball-coach