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Jamion Christian

Jamion Christian

American college basketball coach
Jamion Christian
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Intro American college basketball coach
Is Sports coach Basketball coach Athlete Basketball player
From United States of America
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 18 April 1982, Quinton, New Kent County, Virginia, USA
Age: 38 years
Star sign AriesAries
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Biography

Jamion Christian (born April 18, 1982) is an American college basketball coach. He is the current head coach of the George Washington Colonials men's basketball team. He previously was the head coach at Siena and Mount St. Mary's.

Biography

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, was a standout track athlete at Virginia State University.

Assistant coaching career

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

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 the 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. 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.

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).

On May 2, 2018, Christian replaced Jimmy Patsos as the head coach at Siena. He guided the Saints to a nine-win turnaround from the previous year, finishing 17–16 overall and 11–7 in MAAC play, and a second place finish. It would be his only season on the job as he accepted the head coaching position at George Washington on March 21, 2019.

Head coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers (Northeast Conference)
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 Division I 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)
2018–19 Siena 17–16 11–7 T–2nd
Siena: 17–16 (.515) 11–7 (.611)
George Washington Colonials (Atlantic 10 Conference)
2019–20 George Washington 12–20 6–12 T–10th
George Washington: 12–20 (.375) 6–12 (.333)
Total: 130–131 (.498)

           
           
           
     

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https://gwsports.com/news/2019/3/21/jamion-christian-hired-as-gw-mens-basketball-head-coach.aspx
https://sienasaints.com/roster.aspx?path=mbball
http://www.northeastconference.org/news/2013/3/9/MBB_SemiRecaps_13.aspx
https://sienasaints.com/news/2018/5/2/Jamion_Christian_Named_Siena_Basketball_Head_Coach.aspx
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