Men's Head Coach
Valiant Jones joins the Nyack College men's basketball team as head coach for the 2018-19 season.
Valiant served as a men's assistant basketball coach for four seasons at Nyack College, his alma mater. He assisted in every phase of the program including recruiting, opponent scouting and defensive coordinator. Valiant was a two year stand out in his playing career at Nyack College. He was named to the All-CACC Conference Team in 2008-09. He also led them to the NCCAA 2010 National Championship game where he was named First Team All-Tournament.
Most recently, Valiant served as the head women's basketball coach at Nanuet High School from 2014-18. In all four seasons at Nanuet High School, Jones led the team to a Section One Playoff and quickly changed the dynamic of the program. In just his second year he managed to coach Nanuet to a .500 record. Jones was named League Coach of the Year for the 2017-18 season, as he rallied off two impressive playoff wins against Saunders and the #4 seed Tappan Zee High School.
Coach Jones states, "With the continuous support of the Nyack staff, players and my family, I am confident in our ability to drive the program forward. It has always been a dream of mine to come back to where it all started and to continue to build up the Nyack program. I would like to thank President Scales and Director of Athletics Keith Davie for this amazing opportunity."
Coach Jones looks forward to helping Junior Warriors develop sound skills that will propel them into becoming great basketball players.
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.
Men's Assistant Coach
Robert Tyler enters his first season on the Warrior bench and will serve as an Assistant Coach / Director of Player Development. In this role Rob will be heavily involved in the day-to-day improvements with warrior players both on and off the court. This includes on-court instruction and spearheading academic oversight. Rob will also assist in the programs daily operations.
The former Warrior Great played two seasons at Nyack (2015-2017). As a senior he averaged 16.5 points & 4.4 rebounds per game. Tyler holds the Nyack NCAA-era single game scoring record with a 43-point outburst that occurred on December 30th, 2017 against the University of DC. Tyler graduated in 2017 with a 3.0 GPA and a degree in Business Administration.
"Rob Tyler was a great player here and always showed an interest in coaching. He has a likeable personality and knows what we are striving to build. His experience as a Warrior combined with his desire to excel in this profession will allow for a smooth transition." -Coach Crafton