The Felician sports information office started a new online initiative in September 2015. In "Where Are They Now?" we periodically attempt to catch up with Golden Falcon athletics alumni who have gone on to interesting and successful career paths.
In the sixth installment, we visit with Christopher Chiera '00. One of the early standouts of the Felician men's basketball program, Chiera is now a successful high school teacher and coach.
Name: Christopher Chiera
Year of Felician graduation: 2000
Sport(s): Men's Basketball
Major(s): Business Administration
Twitter handle: @CHSChiera
Hometown while in high school: Colonia, N.J.
Currenty town/city of residence: Colonia, N.J.
List any post-graduate studies or certifications
Special education certification, New Jersey City University
MS in education administration (principal certification)
Current full-time employment
Teacher, Colonia High School
- Special education teacher of mathematics and English
- Also teach Financial Business Literacy and Google Classroom
Head Boys' Basketball Coach, Colonia High School
Head Boys' Cross-Country Coach, Colonia High School
Other positions held since Felician graduation
One year in sales.
One year as a substitute teacher
Five years as an assistant football coach
Six years as an assistant baseball coach
Any other life events you would like to tell us about?
I am married to Sandi King Chiera, who was a great athlete at Felician in soccer, basketball and cross-country.
We have three beautiful children: Mattison, 10; Dylan, 9; and Cason, 4.
I am entering my 14th year as a coach -- my 11th as head boys' basketball coach and my fourth as head boys' cross-country coach.
In my 10 years as head boys' basketball coach, my teams have won three division championships, two state sectional championships, and one county championship. I have had numerous players go on to play college basketball.
How have you applied your experience participating in college athletics to your current employment?
Working with a team forged a bond with my friends/teammates that felt like family. That created a passion that I wanted to continue with for my future.
How has your Felician academic coursework and other extracurricular activities impacted your life, especially professionally?
My Felician College education and experiences helped me prepare for the real world and my life. The staff at Felician was genuinely concerned with me as an overall individual, not just an academic student.
A person's college experience is what they make of it, and how he takes advantage of the opportunities that are offered. I am thankful to this University for caring about me and preparing me for life as an educator and coach.
What advice, about any aspect of college life, would you give to a current Felician student-athlete?
Take advanteage of talking to the individuals that are on staff at Felician. Just by inquiring about different aspects of life, you can construe a clearer vision to the path that you may want to take with your future.
Do not just try to get through it, but enjoy it! Form relationships with fellow students, professors, staff, and coaches. They can be an asset to some aspect of your life.