|Alma Mater:||Mount St. Mary's|
In just two seasons, head coach Jamion Christian has led Mount St. Mary’s back to the top of the Northeast Conference. After taking the Mount to the Northeast Conference title game in his first season, Christian guided the Mount to the NEC title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2014.
The 22nd coach in Mount St. Mary’s history, Christian led the Mountaineers to an 88-71 victory over Robert Morris in the NEC championship game this past season to seal the Mount’s first bid to the NCAA Tournament since 2008. Christian’s team finished the regular season in fourth place, earning the school’s first NEC Tournament home game since 2010. The Mount staged a historic rally in that game, coming back from a 19-point deficit with just over nine minutes left to edge St. Francis Brooklyn, 72-71, in the NEC Quarterfinals. The Mount then downed second-seeded Wagner on the road in the semifinals to earn a spot in the championship game for the second consecutive season.
The Mountaineers faced Albany in the 2014 NCAA Tournament First Round in Dayton, Ohio. After falling behind 21-2 in the opening minutes, the Mountaineers roared back with a 21-2 run of its own to even the score. The Mountaineers, however, came up short in a 71-64 loss that saw a potential game-tying three-pointer in the final minute rattle in-and-out.
A 2004 graduate of the Mount, Christian was named the 22nd coach in Mount St. Mary’s history on March 26, 2012. In his inaugural season, Christian guided the Mountaineers to an 18-14 record and a spot in the NEC Championship game.
Christian’s first season definitely provided excitement as the 18 wins were the fourth-most by a Mount team since moving to NCAA Division I in 1988-89 while the team also had a nine-game win streak, the third-longest streak by a Mount team in the Division I era. It was the Mount’s first winning season since 2009-10 and the Mountaineers appeared in the NEC Championship game for the first time since 2009.
Christian refers to his team’s style of play as Mayhem, which features a pressing defense and an offense reliant on the three-point shot. The Mount has set school records for three-pointers made in each of his first two seasons at the Mount.
One of the youngest coaches in NCAA Division I at 32 years old, Christian’s first recruit at the Mount, guard Shivaughn Wiggins, was named the NEC Rookie of the Year in 2012-13.
Christian was a finalist for both the Ben Jobe Award and the Joe B. Hall Award in 2013. The Ben Jobe Award is presented annually to the top minority coach in division I men's basketball., while the Joe B. Hall Award goes to the top first-year coach in Division I college basketball.
Christian was an assistant coach at Virginia Commonwealth under Shaka Smart 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, who broke the school record for three-pointers made.
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.
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.
One of the foundations for Christian's style of play came from his first collegiate job as an assistant coach at Emory & Henry. In 2005-06, Emory & Henry averaged 104.3 points and 17.6 three-point field goals made per game. Christian moved on to serve as the Director of Basketball Operations at Bucknell Univeristy the next two seasons.
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.
Year Overall/NEC Notes
2012-13 18-14/11-7 Advanced to NEC Championship Game
2013-14 16-17/9-7 NCAA Tournament
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT JAMION CHRISTIAN
SHAKA SMART, VCU Head Coach
“I think he’s got a great perspective on the game, and it’s different, much different than anyone else on our staff because of his background and who he’s worked for. That’s always something you invite. You don’t want to bring someone in that has the exact same views as you and knows the same things as you because then they basically become a ‘yes’ man. Jamion’s brought up a bunch of interesting ideas that the rest of us haven’t thought of.”
TONY SHAVER, WILLIAM & MARY Head
“Jamion’s work ethic and ability to relate to young people makes him a great recruiter. He displays maturity beyond his years and contributed in every facet to our program. Jamion has groomed himself by working and playing for a number of exceptional head coaches like Jim Phelan, Pat Flannery at Bucknell and Bob Johnson at Emory and Henry.”
MILAN BROWN, HOLY CROSS Head Coach
“Jamion is one of the young and talented coaches in our business. I have always liked Jamion’s leadership qualities, basketball IQ and his passion for the game. He is going to bring a ton of competitive energy to recruiting, practices and game preparation. I am extremely proud of Jamion and can’t wait to see him walking the sidelines at the Mount.”
|Alma Mater:||North Carolina State|
Wilkins is in his third season season at the Mount after spending the previous six seasons as an assistant coach at William and Mary.
Wilkins serves as the Mount's defensive coordintor, helping guide the Mount to a top 20 ranking in the nation in turnover percentage. The Mount also improved from ninth to fourth in defensive efficiency in Northeast Conference play. Other areas that Wilkins handles at the Mount include working with the perimeter guards, recruiting, scouting, academics and scheduling.
In his first season, the Mount had a 10-win improvement while advancing to the Northeast Conference Championship game. The Mount also won the Mount Cup, awarded to the Mount team that excels in academics, athletics and community service.
Wilkins spent his six seasons on the staff at William and Mary under the direction of two-time Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year Tony Shaver. Wilkins was instrumental in implementing the offensive and defensive systems at William and Mary. His responsibilities included scouting, scheduling, recruiting, individual skill work and development of the perimeter players.
William and Mary appeared in the CAA championship game in two of the past five seasons, and Wilkins was part of the staff that saw one of the best four-year stretches in school history that culminated with a 22-win season and a berth in the National Invitation Tournament in 2010. Wilkins and Christian were on staff together at William and Mary for three seasons.
“I have worked alongside Coach Wilkins and I know the value of person and coach he instantly adds to our program here at the Mount,” said Christian. “His experience in program building and understanding of the team dynamic is second to none. I look forward to him impacting our program in the same ways as he has done on every stop along his coaching journey.”
Before coming to William and Mary, Wilkins was the video
coordinator at N.C. State. The Wolfpack advanced to the second
round of the NCAA Tournament in 2005-06, while amassing an overall
record of 22-10. N.C. State also went 10-6 in ACC action. During
the season, Wilkins was involved with various aspects of the
Wolfpack program including film editing, player housing, player
financial services and organizing a past player reunion. He also
served as the liaison for sports marketing, handled office and
player tickets and was an assistant camp director.
Wilkins served as the first assistant and recruiting coordinator for Barton College in Wilson, N.C., during the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons. The Bulldogs compiled a 35-21 mark over those two seasons, including a third-place finish in the Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference (CVAC) during his final campaign. In his time at Barton, Wilkins' primary responsibilities centered around recruiting, scouting reports, both practice and in-game coaching, development of the perimeter players and film exchange. Wilkin's final recruiting class at Barton finished their careers with a 68-12 CVAC record to go along with three regular season and three tournament championships. The group advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament on three occasions and tallied an Elite Eight appearance in 2006 to go along with its 2007 NCAA Division II National Championship.
During his time as the recruiting coordinator at Barton, the
Bulldogs signed two-time CVAC Player of the Year, Anthony Atkinson,
and CVAC Freshman of the Year, Bobby Buffaloe. A trio of Wilkins
recruits, including Atkinson, Buffaloe and Brian Leggett, were
two-time All-CVAC selections during their careers. Wilkins also
assisted in the organization and operation of the Barton Basketball
Camp and served as the game day manager during both men's and
women's basketball games.
After graduating from N.C. State, Wilkins served as the junior varsity coach for Apex High School in Apex, N.C. He guided the Cougars to a 17-1 mark and a first-place showing in conference play. As an assistant for the boys' varsity squad, Wilkins helped guide Apex to the state playoffs.
Wilkins graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in history in December of 2001. During his time at N.C. State, he was also a team manager.
Darryl Bruce is in his fourth season at the Mount after serving the previous six years as an assistant coach under former Mount St. Mary’s player Cliff Warren (C’ 90) at Jacksonville University. A DeMatha High School graduate, Bruce brings a wealth of Division I coaching experience to the Mount as he is entering his 24th season as a Division I assistant.
At the Mount, his responsibilities include coordinating the staff recruiting efforts, monitoring academic progress of current student-athletes and all prospective recruits, game preparation/scouting future opponents with a concentration on personnel and opponents press breaks, and the development of post and perimeter players. Bruce also coordinates the Mount's full-court pressure defense.
During his time at Jacksonville, Bruce was responsible for working primarily with the post players, recruiting, game preparation and coaching while also coordinating scheduling of future opponents. The Dolphins won back-to-back Atlantic Sun Conference regular season championships and advanced to the postseason in three of the six years Bruce was there. He also helped mentor five All-Rookie team selections, a two time Defensive Player of the Year and three All-Conference performers, including 3 time first teamer Ben Smith, who finished his career as the school’s all-time leader in steals & assist and the second all-time leader in scoring.
Bruce was an assistant coach at Hampton, where the team advanced to a pair of MEAC championship game appearances. In addition, he helped coach seven All-MEAC players in his time at Hampton, including Devin Green, who went on to play for the Los Angeles Lakers. Also under his tutelage, Hampton had the 2005 NCAA Division I individual leader in field goal percentage, Bruce Brown.
Prior to Hampton, Bruce spent a pair of seasons at Northeast Conference rival Wagner College. He helped guide the Seahawks to the NIT in 2002, the school’s first postseason appearance in 23 years. He also helped develop Jermaine Hall, who was the NEC Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year during his time at Wagner.
Before coaching at Wagner, Bruce spent three years as the top assistant at Howard University. At Howard, Bruce's responsibilities included recruiting prospective student-athletes, scheduling, academic counseling, team travel and acting as a liaison with on-campus departments. While there, he coached an all-conference and two all-rookie team selections. He also recruited Ron Williamson, who went on to become the MEAC Player of the Year and one of the top scorers in school history.
Prior to Howard, Bruce assisted then head coach Mike Brey and the Blue Hen staff at Delaware with game day coaching, practice coordination and acted as the academic liaison. He also was heavily involved in the recruitment and development of one of the most successful classes in Delaware history. A class that would produce four starters on back-to-back conference championship and NCAA Tournament teams, including Mike Pegues, who would go on to become a three-time first team all-league player, conference player of the year, and the school's all-time leading scorer.
Bruce came to Delaware after a one- year stint as an assistant coach at University of Maryland-Eastern Shore where he served during the 1992-93 season under head coach Rob Chavez. He was responsible for scouting, recruiting and community relations. While at UMES, Bruce was instrumental in improving the Hawks to a 12-15 mark in 1992-93, an improvement of nine wins from the previous season. The 12 victories were the most by the school in more than 10 seasons.
Bruce began his coaching career at his alma mater Towson as a student assistant under then head coach Terry Truax. He helped guide the Tigers to the East Coast Conference Title in 1989-90 and the school's first NCAA appearance in Division I. The Tigers were led by Kurk Lee, a two-time conference player of the year who went on to play for the New Jersey Nets.
Following graduation in 1990, Bruce moved to Bladensburg (Md.) High School where he served as assistant varsity and head junior varsity boy's basketball coach for two seasons. While at Bladensburg, he helped lead the Mustangs to two Maryland state playoff appearances. He has also worked numerous camps over the years including The Mason Dixon basketball camp.
Bruce resides in Frederick and is the proud father of a daughter, Amaya.
|Alma Mater:||Loyola (Md.)|
Lind is in his second season as an assistant coach at the Mount after spending the previous two seasons as the video coordinator at Virginia Commonwealth.
“I am so excited to have Donny join our family here at the Mount,” said Christian. “While working with Donny at VCU, his work ethic and intensity for developing young people always amazed me. I truly believe that by hiring Donny our program improved immediately. His work with the video and his creative thinking I know will benefit our program and will help to continue to keep our program as one of the best the Northeast Conference has to offer.”
Lind, who graduated from Loyola University Maryland in 2010, was the video coordinator at VCU the past two seasons after serving as a graduate manager for the Rams Final Four team in 2010-11. At Loyola, Lind was a student manager for the Greyhounds, serving as a video coordinator his final two years.
“I am excited to be a part of Mount St. Mary’s basketball and to work with Coach Christian again,” said Lind. “The ceiling is high here at the Mount and I look forward to helping build on last season’s success to reach bigger heights.”
|Position:||Director of Basketball Operations|
|Alma Mater:||St. John Fisher|
Matturro is in his third season as the Mount's Director of Basketball Operations. At the Mount, his responsibilities include team travel, program planning, film exchange, academic advisement, and oversees the team managers.
Matturro came to the Mount after serving as a graduate manager at Virginia Commonwealth University under head coach Shaka Smart. Prior to his time at VCU, Matturro spent three seasons at Siena College as the Director of Basketball Operations from 2008-11. Siena won consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles in his first two seasons with the Saints. In 2008-09, Siena advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament after posting a win over Ohio State. While at Siena, Matturro assisted the coaching staff in all aspects of the program, playing a vital role in the oversight of the team's film exchange and coordination of travel.
Before arriving at Siena, Matturro served as the Junior Varsity Head Coach and Assistant Varsity Coach at the Boys' Latin School of Maryland for two years from 2006-2008. During his senior year of college, he worked at Bishop Kearney High School in Rochester, N.Y. as the Head Coach of the Boys Freshmen team during the 2005-2006 season. He gained additional experience working for the Hoop Group at various high school, grassroots, and individual events.
Matturro graduated from St. John Fisher College in May of 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics. He earned his Master's Degree through VCU's Center for Sport Leadership in 2012.