Head Coach of Berkeley College Men’s Basketball Team Appears on ESPN New York 98.7 FM Program “New York Sports and Beyond”

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Jonathan Pena, Head Coach of the Berkeley College Men’s Basketball team, recently appeared on the sports radio station ESPN New York 98.7 FM program “New York Sports and Beyond.” While speaking to host Larry Hardesty, Coach Pena discussed the values he instills in Berkeley College student-athletes to succeed on and off the court.

“We try to have fun, but also keep what we call our ‘final destination’ in mind, which is to make sure we put our players in the best position to succeed and ultimately graduate,” Coach Pena said.

Click here to hear Coach Pena on “New York Sports and Beyond” in its entirety (starting at the 28 minute mark).

“January is National Mentorship Month, and I can’t think of a better person who is being a mentor to the people on your team,” host Larry Hardesty told Coach Pena. “You and Berkeley College are doing a tremendous job.”

Coach Pena was promoted to Head Coach after serving as the Associate Head Coach for the 2016-2017 season, during which the Berkeley Knights earned their third consecutive United States Collegiate Athletic Association Division II National Championship. Having played for the Berkeley Knights from 2006 through 2009 himself, Coach Pena knows the challenges his players face while trying to balance the demands of basketball, academics and family.

“Going through all of that, plus with all of the distractions from the outside, is the most difficult thing you could possibly put yourself through,” Coach Pena said. “I tell them, ‘You have to keep your life in perspective. You have got to understand that you are investing in your future.’”

Coach Pena graduated from Berkeley College in 2009 with a BBA in General Business. He juggles his responsibilities as Head Coach with his professional career as a CRM Manager at The Weather Company, an IBM Business. “It is a little difficult to balance it out, but when our guys go on to graduate, it helps put things into perspective,” he said.

Equally important to Coach Pena is providing opportunities for the Berkeley Knights to give back to their communities. Most recently, players and coaching staff volunteered in non-competitive basketball activities for children and young adults with disabilities, organized by Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN) New York. Click here to read more about the collaboration with KEEN.

Giving back to the community aligns with a saying repeated by Coach Emeritus Chris Christiansen, someone who continues to serve as a mentor to Coach Pena and the Berkeley Knights: “Success is not just about your own achievements, but how you empower and inspire others to achieve their greatness.”

“Coach Christiansen has empowered myself and all of the coaches to challenge ourselves to better help our players,” Coach Pena said. “Having him continue to guide me and our team means the world to us.”

The Berkeley Knights’ record thus far this season is 14-1. Click here to view the team’s entire game schedule.

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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 7,100 students – including more than 440 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 five 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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