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It's 'Life changes week' for new Siena coach Christian, fiancee Vadas

It's 'Life changes week' for new Siena coach Christian, fiancee Vadas

New Saints coach gets married Saturday
It's 'Life changes week' for new Siena coach Christian, fiancee Vadas
Jamion Christian, right, is shown Wednesday with son Jacoy and fiancee Allie Vadas.
Photographer: Marc Schultz

ALBANY — During his time at Mount St. Mary’s, Jamion Christian branded his frenetic style of play as “Mount Mayhem.”

This week for the brand-new Siena College men’s basketball head coach has a slogan accompanying it, too.

“We’re calling it, ‘Life changes week,’” Allie Vadas said Wednesday after a press conference at Times Union Center where Christian was introduced as Siena’s 17th head coach in program history.

Vadas delivered that line with a slight chuckle.

Vadas, after all, is getting married to Christian.

On Saturday.

In Maryland.

“So this week,” Vadas said, “has given us our first test of marriage — which hasn’t even happened yet.”

Both were athletes at Mount St. Mary’s: Christian played on the team he eventually coached, while Vadas played softball. They started dating four years ago, and got engaged at the end of last August.

“And, in true coaching fashion, he said ‘Let’s get married in May or August,’” said Vadas, referencing two months that are generally on the quiet side when it comes to the college basketball calendar.

The couple chose May — both, Vadas said, are extremely organized and diligent in preparation enough to plan a wedding in approximately eight months — but knew there was a chance, given Christian’s successful tenure at Mount St. Mary’s, that a career switch could occur this spring.

“We’re big-time planners,” Christian said. “The hesitancy [for a May wedding] was you know something could be going on this week.”

Which, of course, something did go on this week for Christian and his family, which also includes his 5-year-old son Jacoy. Vadas praised Christian for remaining poised — and helpful — during the week leading up to Wednesday’s press conference in regards to last-minute wedding planning, but Christian said his fiance deserved all that credit.

“She’s tremendous,” Christian said. “She’s the MVP of our family.”

Vadas said Jacoy and she would head back to Maryland Thursday morning, while Christian will join them Thursday night. Wedding festivities start Friday night and the wedding ceremony is Saturday afternoon. Christian expects to be back in the Capital Region to work next week before the couple takes its honeymoon in Saint Lucia.

Vadas, who works in digital marketing, said she has taken her “Life changes week” in stride and is excited to move to the Capital Region after spending some time in the area this week.

“We’re already feeling so much love here,” Vadas said, “so much support from the community.”

But, Thursday, once she’s back in Maryland?

“Then,” Vadas said, “it will be wedding mode.”

Reach Michael Kelly at [email protected] or @ByMichaelKelly on Twitter.

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