The Virginia Commonwealth University men's basketball program welcomed two new members to its family on Wednesday with Head Coach Shaka Smart announcing the additions of Jamion Christian and Michael Morrell to his coaching staff.
Christian comes to the Black & Gold sidelines after spending the past three years at William & Mary, while Morrell will serve as the Director of Basketball Operations and joins the Rams after spending last year as an assistant coach at Charleston Southern.
"We are extremely excited about Jamion and Mike joining our staff," Smart said. "Both are highly talented young coaches, who come from strong backgrounds of success."
A native of New Kent, Va., Christian takes over for Mike Jones, who was named the Head Coach at Radford University last week. In three seasons with the Tribe, he helped usher in a new era of basketball. The Tribe made their second postseason appearance ever 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's main recruiting areas were Virginia, Texas and the Washington, D.C. region.
Prior to his time with the Tribe, he spent two seasons as the Director of Basketball Operations at Bucknell University and two seasons as an assistant coach at Emory & Henry. As a player, Christian was a three-year captain at Mount St. Mary's, scoring nearly 600 points in 90 career games for the Mountaineers.
He earned his degree from Mount St. Mary's in rhetoric and communications in 2004.
"I am extremely excited, yet humbled with the opportunity to join Coach Smart, his great staff and the VCU community," Christian said. "I am looking forward to continuing in the mission and the standard of greatness that Coach Smart sets for our program each day."
During his senior year at New Kent High School, Christian led his squad to an undefeated season and a VHSL State Championship.