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CU Athletics Welcomes New Staff Members

September 12, 2013

Brittany Christian (women's basketball) and John York (women's bowling) have joined the Cheyney University Athletics staff

Brittany Christian (women's basketball) and John York (women's bowling) have joined the Cheyney University Athletics staff

CU's newest athetic  staff members, John York and Brittany Christian, bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Cheyney University community. York is the Lady Wolves Head Bowling Coach and Christian will be working under Head Coach Kyle Adams on the women's basketball staff.

York is entering his first season as Bowling Coach at Cheyney University after four years coaching the men at New Jersey Institute of Technology. York brings with him over 20 years of coaching experience. He plans to build the Lady Wolves into a perennial top 20 program in the coming years.

A United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Silver Certified Coach, York has also provided instruction and consultation to a number of the top local professional, amateur and junior bowlers in the region, which  led to his being named as one of the Top 100 Coaches in the nation by Bowler's Journal International Magazine in both 2010 and 2012.

As a competitor, York has compiled an impressive bowling resume, amassing 18 county and five NJ state titles, as well as bowling back-to-back 300 games in tournament play. In 2001, York was elected to the Monmouth County Bowling Hall of Fame, and in 2011, York was elected to the New Jersey State Hall of Fame for Bowling Achievement.

A graduate of Cedar Ridge High School and the Cittone Institute of Technology, York resides in Jackson, New Jersey with his wife Mary Ann and their three children, Nicole, Tyler and Justin.

Brittany Christian comes to Cheyney University after spending the past year at Frostburg State (MD). "I am ecstatic to join the Cheyney University family! The women's basketball program has a rich tradition of success and I endeavor to be a part of the restoration of that tradition. From this day forward, I BLEED BLUE! #RELENTLESS," stated Christian.

At Frostburg, Christian served as the program's recruiting coordinator and was responsible for film exchange, while serving as co-academic coordinator and developing the post players.

Prior to FSU, she served as an assistant to the athletic director at Virginia State University. She assisted with the preparation and execution of eligibility and compliance documents for the NCAA and the CIAA. She helped with event preparation and management, worked with the school's Senior Woman Administrator/SAAC advisor on community service projects, arranged travel for the VSU athletic teams and assisted the Athletic Academic Advisor with monitoring student-athlete grades.

While at Virginia State, Christian also served as a graduate assistant with the women's basketball program. She helped with scheduling games, team travel, student-athlete academic progress and managed basketball camps and tournaments.

Christian was an assistant coach with Saint Paul's College for the 2010-11 season. She worked primarily with post players and helped train freshman Alisha Hardley to the CIAA All-Rookie team. She taught and evaluated defensive skills, helped plan practice, assisted with recruiting and monitored student-athlete academic progress.

Christian was a three-sport student-athlete at Saint Paul's College from 2005-09, competing in women's basketball, volleyball and track & field. She earned Most Improved Player and the Coaches awards at Saint Paul's in 2006-07 and participated in the 2010 Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) "So You Want To Be A Coach" program in San Antonio, Texas. She has been a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. since April, 2011.

Christian earned her bachelor's degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from Saint Paul's in 2009 and she earned her master's degree in sports management from Virginia State in 2012.