Men’s basketball head coach Jamion Christian made The Athletic’s 40 under 40 rising stars in men’s basketball list last week.
The Athletic’s list – which was compiled by Seth Davis, the managing editor of the publication’s college basketball coverage – included “influential” people in college basketball under the age of 40, including coaches, sports analysts, agents and broadcasters.
The honor marks the second time Christian was featured on a 40 under 40 list after he made ESPN’s 40 under 40 coaches in men’s basketball list at the conclusion of the 2019-20 season.
After taking over the program at his alma mater Mount St. Mary’s for six seasons, Christian spent the 2018-19 season at Siena. He then took over the Colonials for the 2019-20 season, replacing former head coach Maurice Joseph.
In his first year, the Colonials finished 12-20 overall with a 6-12 Atlantic 10 record, placing the team 10th overall in the A-10. The squad won two more games in conference play and one more game during its nonconference block than in 2018-19, when the team pieced together its worst record in more than a decade.
Christian is approaching his second season with the team and his ninth year as a Division I men’s basketball head coach this year. His program returns four players that started at least 18 games last season.
Massachusetts men’s basketball head coach Matt McCall was also featured on The Athletic’s list. McCall is entering into his fourth season at the helm of the Minutemen. Last season, he led the squad to a 14-17 overall record and an 8-10 conference record, which included a 75-51 loss to GW. He and Christian were the sole A-10 coaches to make the list.
Christian and the men’s basketball program are back in action Wednesday, Nov. 25, at Navy for the Veterans Classic. Tipoff is slated for noon.