George Washington head coach Jamion Christian has long been regarded as one of the best young up-and-coming coaches in college basketball. That was reaffirmed by him being listed No. 14 in ESPN's latest 40 under 40 ranking of coaches. 

He is listed behind other notable head coaches, Wes Miller (UNC Greensboro), Travis Steele (Xavier), Will Wade (LSU) and Richard Pitino (Minnesota). 

Christian, 38, has quickly ascended up the coaching ranks ever since he landed his first gig right out of college in 2004. A mere eight seasons later when he was 29, he was the head coach of his alma mater Mount St. Mary's. That turnaround resulted in two NCAA Tournament appearances in six seasons and set him up to take a jump to Siena in the MAAC.

After one season to quickly rebound the Saints, he returned to the D.C. area to coach George Washington in the multi-bid Atlantic 10 conference. There, he is looking to turn that program around after a rough stretch of seasons. 

His first season at the helm of GW resulted in a 12-20 record, a three-win increase from the year prior. Quickly he has made moves to get the program back on track after signing Jameer Nelson Jr. before his first season at the helm and adding Power 5 transfer Ricky Lindo Jr. from Maryland this offseason. 

Many are watching Christian's rise as he is rapidly gaining prestige across the country. 

 

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