Adams resigns at D3 York College (NY); Gist named Interim Head Coach

Associate head coach Jamel Gist has been elevated to lead the York College men’s basketball program as interim head coach ahead of the 2022-23 season.  Gist, who has been with the Cardinal men’s basketball program since the 2016-17 season in the roles of associate and assistant coach, takes over for Nolan Adams, who recently resigned after five seasons at the helm.

“I am ecstatic to continue what we have built here at York over the past five seasons. It is an honor to be chosen to lead this program following coach Adams,” said Gist.

Since 2016-17, Gist has contributed to the development of five CUNYAC All-Stars, one CUNYAC Sportsmanship Award winner, three CUNYAC Sportsmanship Team selections, and a 2018-19 CUNYAC Rookie of the Year selection in rising senior Devine Chisholm. In 2021-22, York returned to CUNYAC Championship play for the first time since the 2015-16 season, and advanced to the semifinals for the first time since 2014-15. 

“This past year was proof that we are doing what we set out to do in continuing the legacy of York basketball.  Our group of student-athletes are very close and to be able to continue to work with them as well as our incoming recruits is extremely exciting. I love being a part of the York College community.  Let’s go Cardinals!”

Prior to his arrival at York, Gist started in all 102 games played during his collegiate career to total 1,458 points while averaging 14.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals.

Gist attended Brooklyn College, where he graduated with bachelor’s degrees in business management and finance.  In three seasons (2013-16) as a member of the Bulldogs’ men’s basketball team, Gist played in back-to-back CUNYAC Championship games.  Leading the program as a team captain, Gist was named a 2015-16 CUNYAC All-Star during his senior season to guide Brooklyn to a CUNYAC Championship title. 

As a freshman, Gist was recruited to play at Polytechnic Institute of New York University under coach Adams.  Gist averaged a team-best 17.8 points per game, to go along with 5.6 rebounds 2.6 assists and 1.9 steals to be named the 2012-2013 Skyline Conference Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Year.

Gist attended Joe E. Newsome High School in Lithia, Florida, where he helped the Wolves to a 2010 district championship before closing out the season in the regional finals. In 2010-11, Gist collected second-team All-Hillsborough County, first-team All-Conference, and earned a spot on the Hillsborough County All-Star Team.

Off the court, Gist has worked for New York College Department of Parks and Recreation since 2016, and currently serves as recreation supervisor.

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