EMMITSBURG, Md. - The return of one of own brought some excitement back to Mount St. Mary's and the men's basketball program in March. Jamion Christian, a 2004 graduate of the Mount, returned to his alma mater to become the 22nd head coach in program history and to slam dunk our No. 3 Moment in our 2011-12 Top Moments Countdown.
Christian, 30, was an assistant coach at Virginia Commonwealth in 2011-12, helping guide the Rams to the Third Round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. VCU won the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament title and finished with a school-record 29 wins this year. VCU led the NCAA in steals and steals per game.
Christian worked hand-in-hand with VCU starting shooting guard Troy Daniels this season, who broke the school record with 94 three-pointers.
"I am both thrilled and humbled to be returning to the Mount," said Christian. "I look forward to bringing energy and enthusiasm back to our historic program one passionate day at a time. I am so excited to work with our players currently here and with our incoming freshmen. I truly believe they are not only talented, but have proven to have tremendous character by how they respond to adversity. I believe in our leadership, our campus, and our community to help us return our program to prominence in the NEC."
Prior to his time at VCU, he spent three years at William & Mary. In three seasons with the Tribe, he helped usher in a new era of basketball. The Tribe made their second postseason appearance in school history in 2010 and recorded the third most wins in school history with 22.
"We are very pleased Jamion is coming home to lead our men's basketball program," said University President Thomas H. Powell. "Coach Christian comes to us with tremendous experience, and as a graduate of the Mount, he brings a distinct passion to our campus. We are very confident he will be successful in guiding our program and our student-athletes."
"We are excited to welcome Jamion Christian back to his alma mater as the next head men's basketball coach," said Lynne Robinson, Mount St. Mary's Director of Athletics. "Jamion's successful Division I playing and coaching experience perfectly positions him to guide our program. We are thrilled that Jamion has returned to the Mount and we look forward to his leadership in the years to come."
On the recruiting trail, he aided in the Tribe's 2010 recruiting class that was ranked among the best in "Mid-Major" classes in the country and the best in the CAA by ESPN.com and Scouts, Inc. During his time with William & Mary, Christian was responsible for recruiting in Virginia, Texas and the Washington, D.C. region.
Prior to his time with the Tribe, he spent two seasons as the Director of Basketball Operations at Bucknell University and two seasons as an assistant coach at Emory & Henry.
As a player, Christian was a three-year captain at the Mount, scoring 581 points in 90 career games and 56 starts. He led the Mount in scoring at 11.3 points per game in 2001-02 and averaged 8.2 points the following season.
During his senior year at New Kent High School, Christian led his squad to an undefeated season and a VHSL State Championship.
Christian will make his Mount head coaching debut at Pittsburgh on Nov. 9 and will make his Knott Arena debut on Nov. 13 against Harford. The Mountaineers announced their non-conference schedule on Monday. Click here to see the full non-conference schedule.
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Schedule Of Release For The 2011-12 Top-20 Moments Countdown
No. 20: One Ring Rules Them All - Men's Basketball Celebrates 50th Anniversary of 1961-62 National Championship
No. 19: Women's Soccer Stuns Eventual NEC Tournament Champions LIU In League Opener
No. 18: Mann Steals Top-Moment No. 18 With New Steals Mark Against Fairleigh Dickinson
No. 17: No Hung Juhring – Juhring Makes Mark In Javelin In Her First Season
No. 16: Healy Hammers Two-Run Walk-off Homer Against Georgetown
No. 15: Bernard Finishes Cross Country Career With Fourth-Straight All-NEC Selection
No. 14: Men's Basketball Nearly Pulls Off Upset Against Maryland
No. 13: Men's Lacrosse - What A Way To Open The Season?
No. 12: Four Seed Works For Women's Lacrosse To Get Back To NEC Championship Game
No. 11: Running Down A Dream – Gibilisco Completes In NCAA East Preliminary For Second-Straight Year
No. 10: Men's Tennis Serves Up Win Against Sacred Heart In NEC Quarterfinals
No. 9: Power Perfection By Christiansen And Pagano Lead To Milestones On Diamond
No. 8: Making A Splash – Regan Becomes First Mount Swimmer To Win Event And Earn NEC Rookie Of The Meet Honors
No. 7: Mad Dash – Rosemier-Gussio Runs Away With NEC Rookie Of The Meet Honors For Indoor And Outdoor Track & Field
No. 6: Dennis Zonks La Salle With Four Goals To Tie Program Single-Game Record
No. 5: Semler's Overtime Buzzer-Beater On Senior Day Propels WLAX Past CCSU
No. 4: Scalley's Tally Sends Men's Lacrosse Back To Championship Game
No. 3: Christian Rejuvenates Mount Faithful With Return To Alma Mater As Men's Basketball Head Coach
No. 2: Wednesday, August 8, 2012
No. 1: Friday, August 10, 2012