RICHMOND, Va. – For the second time in two seasons, a member of the Virginia Commonwealth University men's basketball program is headed to run his own program.

Assistant Coach Jamion Christian, who spent last season on the sidelines with the Rams, was named the new Head Coach at Mount St. Mary's University on Tuesday afternoon.

"Mount St. Mary's just hired a tremendous basketball coach and more importantly an unbelievable person," Head Coach Shaka Smart said. "We had the great fortune of working with Jamion over the past year and he was a terrific asset to our program. Jamion and his staff will do great things at Mount St. Mary's."

The New Kent, Va. native will be returning to the place where he starred from 2000-2004, serving as a three-year captain for the Mountaineers and scoring over 600 points in 90 career games. 

"I'm very humbled by this opportunity and extremely grateful for my time here at VCU," Christian said. "My wife and I were welcomed with open arms by the entire VCU athletic department and the incredible Ram fans and I'll forever be appreciative for that."

Christian played a significant role in the Black & Gold's success this past season, helping VCU to a school-record 29 wins, the Colonial Athletic Association championship and the program's second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.

Christian, who doesn't turn 30 until April 18, will be the third youngest Division I Head Coach in the country. Prior to coming to VCU, he spent time as an assistant at William & Mary, Bucknell and Emory & Henry.

Coach Smart, his staff and the entire VCU athletics family would like to wish Coach Christian and his family all the best in their new endeavors.