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George Washington hires Jamion Christian as Head Coach

It didn’t take George Washington to find their replacement for Maurice Joseph. Mojo was fired on March 15, and just six days later, it appears Jamion Christian will be leaving Siena for Foggy Bottom.

Chrsitian lead Siena to a 17-16 record in his only season at the helm of the Saints, and beat George Washington head-to-head at the Smith Center 69-61 on November 8. Before coaching at Siena, he lead Mount St. Mary’s from 2012-2018. He was an assistant at VCU from 2011-2012, and also has assistant coaching experience at William & Mary, Bucknell and Emory and Henry.

Jamion has a career coaching record of 118-111, and took Mount St. Mary’s to the NCAA Tournament twice, in 2014 and 2017 winning the NEC Tournament both times. He also won NEC Coach of the Year in 2017 and the Ben Jobe Award the same year.

He does have a NCAA Tournament win, beating New Orleans in the 2017 First Four before falling to 1-seed Villanova in the First Round.

Reaction from twitter has been overwhelmingly positive:

Interesting to note that Carmen Maciariello is currently an assistant under Christian at Siena. Maciarello was a Mike Lonergan assistant at GW who left prior to the 2019 season (he remained under Mojo at GW for two years). Will be interesting to see if he would consider a return to Foggy Bottom.

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    Sammy Snead
  • March 23, 2019
I don't get this hire!

Seems like a nice enough guy but the new AD was talking some big time smack like they really wanted to get to an elite level, but yet the don't hire an elite level coach??

Not for nothing but I can't imagine the AD interviewed (and 2nd interviewed) all these supposed candidates in less than a one week!

Christian talks about recruiting the DMV area, but without being a big name coach good luck with that!! Only a big name coach in the GW job could compete to land big time recruits who could otherwise go the Big Ten in Maryland, or the ACC in Virginia! At least if they brought in JT III, it would be immediate name recognition for recruits .

And anyway, this guy couldn't even beat coach King Rice at Monmouth University in the MAAC, so why not just hire King Rice instead. Bigger name than this guy and better pedigree (played for and learned from Dean Smith)!

This hire makes no sense . Go big or go home!!
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    KTS
  • March 24, 2019
Great post, thanks Dan!
Any idea if other candidates were contacted/interviewed?
I haven't seen this information reported anywhere.
Look forward to future posts and thanks for all your writing and attention to A10 men's bball!
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