On Wednesday, October 4, 2017, the Berkeley College Department of Athletics promoted Jonathan Pena to the position of Head Coach.
"First and foremost, I would like to thank the Berkeley College Department of Athletics for this opportunity," Pena said. "I have also taken a tremendous amount of pride in working diligently both as a former student-athlete and as a member of the coaching staff to put our program in the best position to be successful. Now as Head Coach, I will look to continue to carry on the winning tradition that Chris Christiansen established while he held this position. I have learned so much from Chris, as he has served as a coach, mentor, and friend to me for over 10 years. The things I have learned from him about basketball and about life are invaluable. I'm excited about this opportunity, and I can't wait to get started."
Jonathan Pena played three seasons for the Knights from 2006 through 2009, helping Berkeley College win three Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles during that time. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament during his senior season of 2008-2009. Following his playing career, Pena immediately transitioned to the coaching ranks, serving as an assistant coach for Chris Christiansen for seven years before being promoted to Associate Head Coach following the 2015-2016 campaign.
Pena has been an integral piece of the program's history. After playing a pivotal role leading the team to three regional crowns as a player, he became even more of a staple of the program as an assistant coach, as his versatility saw him recruit countless student-athletes to the program while also maximizing their potential by putting them in the best position to succeed strategically on the court. His upside is glaring, and should make the 2017-2018 season especially intriguing as the Knights transition into the newest era of their history.