EMMITSBURG, MD (May 2, 2018) --- Mount St. Mary's University Director of Athletics Lynne Robinson announced today that men's basketball Head Coach Jamion Christian has accepted the head coaching position at Siena College.
"Needless to say, we are disappointed that Jamion is leaving the Mount as he has had a tremendous impact on Mount St. Mary's and our men's basketball program for the past six years," said Robinson. "We are grateful for the leadership he has provided and for the positive impact he has made in the lives of the many young men he has coached. Jamion embraced and enriched the proud tradition of our men's basketball program and we are a stronger program because of him. As a proud graduate of the Mount, Jamion will always be part of the Mount family. We wish him much continued success in his coaching career."
Christian guided the Mount to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances (2014, 2017) in his six seasons at the helm of the Mount men's basketball program. Changing the team's style of play when he arrived in 2012, Christian's "Mount Mayhem" style of basketball produced a 101-95 record over the past six years, including a 67-39 record in Northeast Conference regular season games. The Mount went 9-4 in the NEC Tournament during Christian's tenure.
"For six years, Jamion Christian successfully led Mount St. Mary's proud and storied basketball program, representing the Mount with distinction, both on the basketball court and in the larger community," said Mount St. Mary's President Timothy E. Trainor, Ph.D. "His positive and ethical approach to coaching served our student-athletes well, and leaves the program with a very bright future. We thank Jamion and wish him and his family well."
Christian was named 2016-17 Jim Phelan NEC Coach of the Year after leading the Mountaineers to both the NEC regular season and tournament titles. It was the first time since 1995-96 that the Mount took home NEC regular season honors. He led the Mountaineers to a winning record in NEC play in all six of his seasons, the only school in the conference to achieve that feat.
A 2004 graduate of Mount St. Mary's, Christian guided the Mount to an 18-14 overall season and a second-place finish in the NEC last year. During his time as head coach at the Mount, Christian has had a player win NEC Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year while 10 athletes were named to an All-NEC team.
A national search for Christian's replacement will begin immediately.