Jamion Christian enters his third season on the William and Mary staff as an assistant coach. Christian’s responsibilities with the Tribe include coordinating team travel, working with post players, scouting and recruiting. His recruiting responsibilities cover the states of Virginia and Texas as well as the Washington, D.C. area.
“Jamion is just a perfect fit for our program and W&M,” head coach Tony Shaver said. “He grew up close by in New Kent and has always appreciated what W&M offers. His work ethic and ability to relate to young people makes him a great recruiter. Jamion displays maturity beyond his years and contributes in every facet of our program.”
In 2010, Christian helped the Tribe earned a bid to the National Invitational Tournament, marking only the second post season appearance in school history. W&M finished the year with the third most wins in school history, 22, including wins over ACC foes Maryland and Wake Forest. W&M also advanced to the CAA Championship game for the second time. Christian helped bring in the Tribe’s 2010 recruiting class that was ranked among the best Mid-Major classes in the country and the top in the CAA by ESPN.com and Scouts, Inc.
He came to Williamsburg after serving two seasons as the manager of basketball operations at Bucknell University. Christian is a local product, growing up in New Kent, Va., and prepping at New Kent High School.
Over his playing and coaching career, Christian has been a part of a winning culture from a number of successful head coaches. In total, the five head coaches Christian has been associated with over his career have won nearly 2,400 games. During his playing career, he played for Ed Allen, who won more than 400 career games as a high school coach, at New Kent. Christian played three seasons at Mount St. Mary’s for legendary coach Jim Phelan, who ranks fourth in NCAA history with 830 wins. He spent time on the staffs of three successful coaches on the collegiate level. At Emory and Henry, Christian worked under Bob Johnson, who won more than 400 games and has the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Coach of the Year award named in his honor. During his time at Bucknell, Christian worked for head coach Pat Flannery, who was a W&M assistant coach in 1986-97 and registered 329 career wins as a head coach, including the second most in Bucknell history (234) at the Patriot League school. Flannery was the 2006 Mid-Major Coach of the Year after leading the Bison to a school-record 27 wins and the program’s second straight run to the NCAA Second Round. As an assistant at W&M, Christian works under the tutelage of Shaver, who ranks 28th among active NCAA head coach with 445 career wins.
As a member of the staff at Bucknell, Christian’s main responsibilities included coordinating team travel plans, handling the team’s video needs, directing the Bison summer camps and assisting in the arrangement of alumni functions, such as the team’s popular summer golf tournament. During his two seasons, the Bison amassed a 34-28 overall mark. In 2006-07, Bucknell finished with a 22-9 mark and advanced to the Patriot League Championship game before falling to Holy Cross.
Prior to his tenure with the Bison, Christian served as an assistant coach at Emory & Henry College in Emory, Va., during the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons. The Wasps were one of the highest scoring teams in the country during Christian’s time, averaging 104.3 points per game in 2005-06, which ranked third in the nation. Emory & Henry, a Division III program in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), finished with a 14-12 record and also ranked among the national leaders in steals (second), 3-pointers made (third), turnovers forced (third) and assists (fifth).
A 2004 graduate of Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg, Md., Christian was a three-year team captain and starting guard. During his career with The Mount, Christian scored 581 career points and averaged 6.5 points per game. He played in 90 career games with 54 starts and averaged 19.8 minutes per contest. The best statistical season of Christian’s career came in 2001-02 when he led Mount St. Mary’s in scoring with an 11.3 points per game average. In Northeast Conference games, he averaged 13.1 points per game, which ranked 16th in the league. He also ranked among the league leaders in free throw percentage and 3-pointers made in 2001-02. He scored a career-high 24 points on two occasions during his collegiate career. Christian also played shortstop on The Mount’s baseball team during his time at the institution. He earned his degree from Mount St. Mary’s in rhetoric and communications.
A native of New Kent, Va., Christian earned VHSL Group A State Player of the Year honors in his senior season after leading New Kent High School to a 26-0 record and a state title.
Jamion and his wife, Tiffany, were married in May of 2010. The couple resides in Williamsburg. His father, John, was inducted into the Virginia State University Sports Hall of Fame for Track and Field after earning Tri-Rivers Coach of the Year honors in 2003, 2007 and 2010 to go along the state championship at Charles City High School. His mother, Joyce, has spent 31 years as a teacher and was the 2003 New Kent Middle School Team of the Year. His brother, Jarell, is an assistant coach at Emory and Henry.