Christensen in 2013
January 17, 1961 |
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Western Washington (RB)
Sehome HS (OL/DL)
Everett HS (OL/DL)
Spokane Falls CC
Idaho State (OL/TE/RB)
|Head coaching record|
David John Christensen (born January 17, 1961) is an American college football coach and former player, currently the offensive coordinator for the University of Utah. He was previously the head coach at the University of Wyoming from 2009 to 2013, where he compiled a record of 27 wins and 35 losses (.435). Prior to Wyoming, Christensen was the offensive coordinator for the University of Missouri and University of Toledo.
A native of Everett, Washington, Christensen attended the University of Washington in Seattle, where he played under head coach Don James on the Huskies football team from 1980 to 1982. He earned a B.A. degree in sociology from Western Washington University in 1985 and a M.S. degree in sports science from Eastern Washington University in 1988.
Christensen was formerly the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator for the University of Missouri. He served as an offensive assistant under Gary Pinkel for 19 years, including the last 16 as his offensive coordinator. He first joined Pinkel at the University of Toledo in 1990 as offensive line coach, and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 1992. Pinkel left for Missouri in 2001, and brought Christensen along as his offensive coordinator. From 2005–2008, Christensen employed a passing-oriented version of the no-huddle spread offense. That offensive scheme has come into vogue recently as several BCS programs have achieved new-found success with it, including Missouri, Houston, and Texas Tech.
In the 2007 season, Christensen's offense used this scheme to good effect by scoring a school record 558 points. Additionally, Missouri ranked fifth in total offensive yards (490.29 per game), eighth in scoring offense (39.86 points per game), and ninth in passing yards (314.07 per game). The same season propelled Chase Daniel to Heisman finalist status. Martin Rucker and Jeremy Maclin were named consensus All-Americans, making it the first time two Tigers were named as such in the same season. Christensen himself was a finalist for the Broyles Award and Rivals.com named him as the Offensive Coordinator of the Year.
Christensen's name had been mentioned with respect to the head coaching position of several ailing programs, namely, New Mexico, Washington, Washington State, and Wyoming,. He ultimately accepted the head coaching job at Wyoming. Christensen led the Cowboys to a 2009 New Mexico Bowl win in 2009 against the Fresno State.
On October 13, 2012; Christensen confronted Air Force coach Troy Calhoun after the Cowboys' narrow 28-27 loss to the Falcons. Believing Calhoun had told Air Force quarterback Connor Dietz to fake an injury in order to buy more time before the game-winning touchdown, Christensen launched a profanity-laced tirade at Calhoun, calling him a "fly boy." Christensen apologized the next night and was reprimanded by the Mountain West Conference for his actions. On October 22, Wyoming athletic director Tom Burman suspended Christensen for the Cowboys' game against Boise State and fined him $50,000. Assistant head coach Pete Kaligis coached the team in that game.
Head coaching record
|Wyoming Cowboys (Mountain West Conference) (2009–2013)|
|2009||Wyoming||7–6||4–4||5th||W New Mexico|
|2011||Wyoming||8–5||5–2||3rd||L New Mexico|
|#Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.
* Christensen was suspended for the Boise State game on October 27 for his actions in the Air Force game on October 20. Assistant head coach Pete Kaligis served as interim coach for the Boise State game. Wyoming credits the entire 2012 season to Christensen.
- "Dave Christensen". University of Wyoming Athletics. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
- Player Bio: Dave Christensen, University of Missouri Tigers Football official website, accessed 24 November 2008.
- Pat Forde, Missouri, Pinkel agree on extension that will reportedly give him big raise, ESPN.com, 24 November 2008.
- Ted Miller, Washington wants next coach to make a big splash, ESPN.com, 27 October 2008.
- Several names being speculated as candidates for WSU job, ESPN.com, 27 November 2007.
- Wyoming, Glenn part ways after six years, one bowl berth, ESPN.com, 23 November 2008.
- Christensen to Wyoming, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, November 30, 2008