Men's Head Coach
Jason Crafton has been at the helm of the Warrior Basketball Program since 2012. The 2013-14 season saw the Warriors double it's win total from the previous season as their 10-16 record was the programs best overall finish since 2008-09. After winnining 3 conference games in Crafton's 1st season, Nyack showed a remarkable improvement in CACC action finishing with an 8-11 conference record, placing them 8th out of 14 teams in the final standings. This increase in conference wins was 2nd best turn-around in the league last season. The Warriors earned several notable wins including a 105-101 double overtime road victory over the preseason CACC North 2nd ranked Post University. Nyack also notched an impressive 37-point win over local rival Concordia University which marked the programs largest conference margin of victory since Nyack joined the NCAA. In one of the season's best defensive efforts, the Warriors defeated the 2nd place CACC Southern Division Holy Family Tigers 60-53 at home on Senior Day. Additionally, the Warriors showcased a more potent offensive attack averaging 71.1 points per game - a 12 point increase from the previous year. Junior's Chris Hampton & Nick Moore would each earn (3) honorable mention player of the week honors during the season respectively. Moore would also be voted to the CACC All-Conference Third Team, while Hampton was voted to the All-Conference Honorable Mention Team. 2014 marked the first time Nyack featured multiple players with post season honors since 2010.
In 2012-13 Coach Crafton embarked on an incredible journey to rebuild a Nyack Basketball program that had won only 1 game in the season prior to his arrival. The Warriors made great strides achieving a 5-20 overall record which was more wins then it's previous two seasons combined. Nyack also experienced back-to-back wins for the 1st time in three years with victories over Wilmington University and Caldwell College in the month of February. Additionally, three Warriors (Chris Hampton, Khalid Samuels, and Will Robinson) were named to the NCCAA All-East Region Team. Sophomore Khalid Samuels was also named CACC Honorable Mention Player of the Week in January, while Freshman Will Robinson recieved CACC Rookie of the Week honors as well in January.
Always recognized as an intense recruiter, Crafton has hit the recruiting trail hard since his arrival. In a short amount of time he has revamped the roster - adding twelve new student athletes representing six different states (NY, NJ, PA, MD, VA, FL).
Additionally, Under Coach Crafton's guidance the Warrior Program has made tremendous strides in the classroom with the team securing a 3.12 GPA upon completion of the Fall 2015 semester.
Crafton brings a wealth of experience and energy to spearhead the new era of Warrior Basketball. 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.
"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, Athletic Director
During his seven-year tenure at Navy (2005-2012), Crafton assisted in rebuilding a program that only won a total of only 5 games in 2004 to compiling a 19-11 record in 2009. Navy Basketball was also 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.
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. Crafton also had the opportunity to coach & mentor current NBA players Randy Foye (Denver Nuggets) and Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors) who were members of team during that time.
While at Villanova, Crafton worked with 1985 NCAA champion and current Chicago Bulls Assistant Ed Pinckney who states, "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.”
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. 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.
Women's Head Coach
Rashidi Aikens began as the Nyack College women’s basketball head coach in summer 2018. He has 20 plus years of experience in the sport of basketball. Rashidi Aikens served as an assistant coach with the LIU Post women's basketball team for 2 seasons from 2016-17 to 2017-2018. He assisted the team in winning the 2017-2018 ECC regular season championship, which helped the team gain an at large bid in the NCAA tournament.
Prior to his stint at LIU Post, Aikens served as the Head Women's Basketball Coach/Assistant Athletic Director for Student Services at Mercy College, where he amassed the eighth-most wins in program history. He also mentored a pair of All-East Coast Conference selections and served as the supervisor for the school's athletic work study program and fitness center.
Aikens began his coaching career at his alma mater, Nyack College. While there, he assisted in leading the Warriors to a pair of NCCAA East Region Championships and a Central Athletic Collegiate Conference regular-season and tournament title in 2009-10.
Aikens holds numerous certifications over his coaching career, including merits from the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFFA) National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
Aikens also brings great experience directing camps with the Warriors and various camps nationwide. His experience with youth includes coaching with the Rockland County Empire State Storm and Hudson River Hornets. He has led and assisted both programs to multiple tournament championships.
Coach Aikens looks forward to teaching the fundamentals of basketball, along with great sportsmanship at the Nyack College girls camp.