The Berkeley Men’s Basketball Team makes news on and off the court, in the classroom, and in the media!
Berkeley College is often recognized for its exceptional career-focused education and commitment to helping students succeed. Many of our students have been featured in the news, highlighting their accomplishments in business, fashion, criminal justice, healthcare, or any of the career fields they have entered.
Now, you also can’t miss Berkeley in the sports section.
Called “New York City’s most dominant college basketball team” by The New York Times, the Berkeley Knights recently won their third consecutive USCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship, beating the Nittany Lions of Penn State York in overtime. The win capped the Knights perfect 29-0 season and extended the team’s winning streak to an astonishing 53 games.
The incredible feat has drawn major media coverage about the team’s accomplishments on and off the court. An extended feature in The New York Times on February 28 delved into more than just the team’s outstanding performance. It spotlighted some of the obstacles Berkeley players have overcome in their personal lives, including the success story of team captain Jeff Mejia. Click here
A story on CBS New York, “Championship Season Teaches Berkeley Basketball Team About Success Beyond The Court,” takes a look at the unique circumstances under which the team recruits players, and the unorthodox way the Knights practice and play games at rented courts throughout the city. Click here
Many of the players credit the team’s amazing journey to Coach Chris Christiansen and his guidance in their personal lives, as well as his exceptional coaching of a team that doesn’t even have a home court. To go “Up Close with Coach Christiansen,” click here.
Of course, the success of the Knights is a source of great pride for the entire Berkeley College community. For a more in-depth look at the team and the reasons for their winning ways, check out the “Meant to be perfect” section of the Berkeley Knights website. Click here
Hard work. Determination. Perseverance. Pride. These are not only the qualities that Coach Christiansen demands, they are the ideals that Berkeley College tries to instill in all students to help them succeed in the game of life.