Wagner athletic director Walt Hameline and Mount St. Mary’s executive Lynne Robinson both fielded calls from coaches and references from all around America in their searches for a new head men’s basketball coach.
As it turned out, however, both programs chose to fill the open positions by looking from within.
Wagner decided to slide Bashir Mason a few seats up the bench, while Mount St. Mary’s dipped into its rich alumni base and found the up and coming Jamion Christian.
While the Seahawks promoted Dan Hurley’s former assistant, the Mount chose Christian, who most recently an assistant coach for Shaka Smart at VCU and formerly a player for the legendary Jim Phelan.
Both men will be introduced in official press conferences on Tuesday, March 27.
Watch Wagner’s LIVE Presser (12:00 pm)
Watch Mount’s LIVE Presser (3:00 pm)
The new head men’s hoop coach on Grymes Hill
Statements from the Parties Involved
Wagner AD Walt Hameline on his latest hire
“We’re very excited that Bashir Mason will be the next head men’s basketball coach here at Wagner College. There was a great deal of interest in this position and we spent the past few days fielding calls from a host of coaches from all parts of the country. In elevating Bashir, we are getting a young, hungry, aggressive coach who I believe will build on the foundation that we now have in place. He also gives us continuity and a bridge to the success we’ve had and will provide our program and student-athletes with great leadership.”
Wagner’s new coach, and Jersey City, NJ native Bashir Mason
“I am really excited and thankful for the opportunity that Dr. Guarasci, Walt Hameline and the rest of the Wagner administration has presented me with. I am looking forward to the challenge of leading the program while continuing to move Wagner Basketball in the direction it has been going the last two years.”
Mount Athletic Director, and daughter of Jim Phelan, Lynne Robsinson
“We are excited to welcome Jamion Christian back to his alma mater as the next head men’s basketball coach. Jamion’s successful Division I playing and coaching experience perfectly positions him to guide our program. We are thrilled that Jamion has returned to the Mount and we look forward to his leadership in the years to come.”
Jamion Christian on his Mount Homecoming
“I am both thrilled and humbled to be returning to the Mount. I look forward to bringing energy and enthusiasm back to our historic program one passionate day at a time. I am so excited to work with our players currently here and with our incoming freshmen. I truly believe they are not only talented, but have proven to have tremendous character by how they respond to adversity. I believe in our leadership, our campus, and our community to help us return our program to prominence in the NEC.”
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Christian named Mount men’s basketball head coach – Hanover Evening Sun (Staff Report)
Wagner College’s hiring of Bashir Mason keeps basketball job in the family – Staten Island Advance (Cormac Gordon)
Dan Hurley’s tough goodbye to Wagner College – Staten Island Advance (Cormac Gordon)
– Mar. 27, 2012 –