Jason Crafton enters his sixth season at the helm of the Warrior Basketball Program. In the spring of 2012 Crafton inherited a major rebuilding project taking over a Warrior program that produced a 1-26 record the year prior. Nyack has shown steady improvement since Crafton's arrival. In only his second season he propelled the Warriors to the second best turnaround in the Central Atlantic Conference (CACC). By the 2015-16 season the Warriors 11-15 record marked as the programs best since 2009.
With a foundation built on intense defense, the Warriors have achieved some impressive rankings. In 2016 Nyack ranked 11th in the nation in turnovers forced per game. In that same year Nyack was rated the 31st Most Efficient Man-to-Man Defensive Team in the country by Synergy Sports Technology. The 2014-15 Warriors led the league in steals per game.
Over the last five seasons great strides have also been made in recruiting and player development as numerous Warriors have received CACC Conference Accolades. In the spring of 2015, history was made as two Warriors seniors signed contracts to join the professional ranks overseas (Nick Moore – London, Chris Hampton – Romania). Additionally, Nyack has competed against top- notch Division I programs in preseason exhibition games in four consecutive seasons (Manhattan – 2013, Villanova – 2014, Army – 2015, and Manhattan – 2016). Warrior Basketball has also achieved tremendous success in the classroom boasting a 3.0 Team GPA.
A Nyack College graduate and former four-year player, Crafton spent the previous nine seasons as a Division 1 assistant at Navy and Villanova respectively.
During his seven-year tenure at Navy (2005-2012), Crafton assisted in rebuilding a program that won a total of 5 games in 2004 to compiling a 19-11 record in 2009. Navy Basketball was ranked several times in the Mid-Major Top 25 Poll during that span. Crafton's relentless energy as a recruiting coordinator and skill development coach played a significant role as Navy secured several top recruiting classes and many Navy players also garnered accolades for their performance; highlighted by Greg Sprink (2008 Patriot League Player of the Year) and J.J. Avila (2011 Patriot League Rookie of the Year).
In 2010-2011 season, Coach Crafton was promoted to Associate Head Coach and was named by Basketball Times / Hoop Scoop as one of the Nations Top 50 Mid-Major Assistant Coaches.
A known multi-tasker, Crafton served as The Naval Academy's Head JV Coach. He reignited the program compiling an impressive 33-15 record competing against many of the nations elite post graduate programs. Crafton also completed a 5-year term as a commissioned officer in the Navy performing military duties and earning a final ranking of Lieutenant.
Prior to his tenure at Navy, Crafton served for two years as an Administrative Assistant / Video Coordinator for Jay Wright at Villanova University. Crafton assisted in every phase of the program while helping the Wildcats reach the NIT Quarterfinals in 2004 and the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 2005. The 2005 Sweet Sixteen team marked the Wildcats return to the nation scene as an elite program. They completed the season with an impressive 24-8 record and a top 25 national ranking. Crafton also had the opportunity to coach & mentor current NBA players Randy Foye (Currently a Free Agent) and Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors) who were members of the team during that time.
In the summer of 2004, Crafton was a member of the support staff for the Under-20 National Team Training Camp serving as the team’s video coordinator. Chris Paul was the point guard for that team that was head coached by Kelvin Sampson. That team went on to win the gold medal.
Crafton earned his Bachelor of Sciences Degree from Nyack College in May of 2003 where he majored in communications. A three-year starter at point guard for Nyack, he was a member of Nyack's first-ever conference championship team in 2000 that advanced to the national tournament.
"Jason is a tremendous leader, motivator, communicator and recruiter. I've had the chance to be around many great coaches during my career as a player and coach in both college and in the NBA and, in my opinion; Jason is well on his way to becoming one of the premier coaches in America. There are not many who will outwork Jason.” -Ed Pinckney, Minnesota Timberwolves Assistant
"We are excited to have Jason bring his passion for excellence, discipline and the overall development of young men to our program. His skills and knowledge of the game perfectly fit our goal of building a winning program and we are excited to have him with us." -Keith Davie, Nyack Athletic Director
Coach Julien has been the head coach for the Lady Warriors basketball program since 2010.
Coach Julien was an assistant for Nyack College Men's basketball for 4 years before moving to the women's side as an assistant under Coach Josh Thompson in 2008 and 2009. Julien helped lead the 2009-2010 Lady Warriors to regular season and conference championships with a school record 21 wins, earning the program their first-ever berth to the NCAA Division II National Tournament.
As a head coach, Julien's vision is to lead the Nyack Women's Basketball program to winning more conference titles and becoming perennial national contenders by building a strong Christian championship culture. He is committed to developing his staff and players toward excellence, emphasizing Christ, Character, and a Competitive spirit.
Coach Julien is a 1998 graduate of Nyack College with a degree in psychology and a 2005 inductee into the Nyack Hall of Fame. Julien currently ranks third all time in scoring at Nyack College with 1,844 points. He played in 136 games during his career and had a scoring average of 13.5 points per game. He handed out over 400 assists, holds the record for 3-point field goals made with over 250 in his career.