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BERKELEY COLLEGE HEAD COACH AND STUDENT-ATHLETES
Photo Caption (L to R): Berkeley College Head Coach Chris Christiansen (third from left) and student-athletes Massiah Merritt, Johnnie Green and Stephon Jennings are honored at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association Basketball National Championship Banquet.
Berkeley College Head Coach Chris Christiansen was named National Coach of the Year, and three members of the Men’s Basketball team were recognized as Division II All-Americans, at the 2017 United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Basketball National Championship Banquet on February 28, 2017.
The honorees included:
This week, The New York Times published a story about the ongoing success of the Berkeley College Knights, highlighting what drives the team on the court and in the classroom. Click here to read The New York Times story.
The Berkeley College Knights currently boasts a 50-game winning streak – the longest of any team in Berkeley College history – and will enter the USCAA Basketball National Championship as the No. 1 seed. The Knights will start their journey to the Championship on March 2, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. The tournament can be streamed live online here.
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Coach Christiansen has been a staple of the Berkeley College Men’s Basketball program since its inception 21 years ago, and has led the Knights to two consecutive USCAA Division II National titles, as well as three consecutive Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (HVIAC) crowns.
“There are so many hard-working coaches on the national scene, and while I take a tremendous amount of pride in being recognized, I also want to give credit to my coaching staff and the student-athletes because they work so diligently and sacrifice so much in order for us to have the amazing success we’ve had as a team,” Coach Christiansen said. “I am a true believer that trust and communication are key elements of not only basketball, but of successful lives.”
Massiah Merritt of Brooklyn, NY, was selected as the USCAA Player of the Year and First Team All-American. A graduate of NIA Preparatory High School, he has played in 24 of the Knights’ 26 games this season, averaging a team-leading 14.8 points-per-game. His 4.5 assists and 2.6 steals per contest are also team bests, and he has recorded 17 points or more in 10 different games during the 2016-2017 campaign. Additionally, Mr. Merritt was named one of SmallCollegeBasketball.com’s Top 100 Players. He is currently in consideration for the Clarence “Bevo” Francis Award, an honor that is presented annually to the player who has had the finest overall season within small college basketball.
Stephon Jennings of Manhattan, NY, was selected as a Second Team All-American. A product of A. Philip Randolph High School, Mr. Jennings’ 9.6 rebounds per contest are a team-high, and he averages 14.1 points per game. He has posted nine double-doubles, and currently has 977 points and 696 rebounds for his career.
Johnnie Green of Brooklyn, NY, was selected an Honorable Mention All-American. He was named this season’s HVIAC Tournament Most Valuable Player and scored 18 points while snatching 12 rebounds in Berkeley College’s win over the College of New Rochelle in the championship game. Mr. Green, a graduate of EBC High School for Public Service, averages 12.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.
A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 8,000 students – including more than 550 international students – in its Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers an MBA in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.
Berkeley College has three New York campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are five campuses – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. For four consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans. The website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.
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