Christian in 2019
|Born||February 6, 1965|
Bethpage, New York
|1988–1989||Sydney City Comets|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1990–1992||Western Kentucky (assistant)|
|1992–1994||Saint Francis (PA) (assistant)|
|1994–1995||Western Kentucky (assistant)|
|1995–1996||Miami (OH) (assistant)|
|2001–2002||Kent State (assistant)|
|Head coaching record|
|Tournaments||0-2 (NCAA Division I)|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|2 MAC Tournament (2006, 2008)|
5 MAC East Division (2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2013)
|2× MAC Coach of the Year (2006, 2008)|
James Patrick Christian (born February 6, 1965) is an American college basketball coach who is the head coach of the Boston College men's basketball team. He previously held the same position at Kent State, TCU and Ohio.
On April 25, 2018, Christian signed a two-year contract extension to remain at Boston College through the 2021-22 season.
James Patrick Christian was born in Bethpage, New York. He was an all-state guard at St. Dominic High School in nearby Oyster Bay while playing under Ralph Willard, who later was the head coach at Western Kentucky, Pittsburgh, and Holy Cross. Following his prep career, Christian was recruited by coach Rick Pitino at Boston University where he played two seasons before transferring to the University of Rhode Island.
Christian played his final two campaigns under Tom Penders at the University of Rhode Island, where he helped the Rams reach the Sweet Sixteen of the 1988 NCAA Tournament. The former standout guard guided the Rams to victories over Missouri and Syracuse before dropping a 73–72 decision to Duke in the Sweet 16 round.
After earning his bachelor's degree in consumer affairs from the University of Rhode Island in 1988, Christian spent one season playing professionally in the Australian Basketball Association for the Sydney City Comets.
After returning to the United States, Christian became the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers' assistant coach under head coach Ralph Willard from 1990 to 1992. From there, Christian went on to assist head coaches Tom McConnell at Saint Francis University (1992–1994), Matt Kilcullen again at Western Kentucky University (1994–1995), Herb Sendek at Miami University (1995–1996), Ralph Willard at University of Pittsburgh (1996–1999), and Stan Heath at Kent State University (2001–2002).
After assisting former head coach Stan Heath in the 2001–02 season, Christian became head coach at Kent State University from 2002 to 2008, where he led the Golden Flashes to six consecutive seasons of twenty or more wins, four MAC East division titles, two overall MAC titles, and two conference tournament championships. His teams also had five post-season appearances, three in the NIT and two in the NCAA Tournament. His record at Kent State was 137–59.
At Texas Christian University, Christian took over the position vacated by Neil Dougherty in March 2008. In Christian's final year coaching the Horned Frogs, he helped the program break a seven-year losing streak and gave them a bid in the College Basketball Invitational Tournament. The squad posted an 18–15 overall record, four more wins than in any season since 2004–05, and ended with its best finish ever in the Mountain West Conference at fifth place.
In Christian's first year, the Ohio Bobcats shared the MAC regular season title with Akron with a conference record of 14–2, Ohio's first regular season title since 1994. Ohio earned themselves a No. 2 seed in the MAC tournament, where they beat Western Michigan 74–63. The following evening, Ohio lost to Akron 65-46 in the MAC Championships, losing a bid to the NCAA tournament. However, Ohio earned an at-large bid in the 2013 NIT tournament as a number 6 seed in the Alabama quadrant.
Christian and his wife, Patty, were married in the summer of 2005, and have three children, MacKenzie, Zach, and Jay.
Head coaching record
|Kent State Golden Flashes (Mid-American Conference) (2002–2008)|
|2002–03||Kent State||21–10||12–6||1st (East)||NIT First Round|
|2003–04||Kent State||22–9||13–5||1st (East)||NIT First Round|
|2004–05||Kent State||20–13||11–7||T–2nd (East)||NIT First Round|
|2005–06||Kent State||25–9||15–3||1st (East)||NCAA Division I First Round|
|2006–07||Kent State||21–11||12–4||2nd (East)|
|2007–08||Kent State||28–7||13–3||1st (East)||NCAA Division I First Round|
|Kent State:||137–59 (.699)||76–28 (.731)|
|TCU Horned Frogs (Mountain West Conference) (2008–2012)|
|TCU:||56–73 (.434)||18–44 (.290)|
|Ohio Bobcats (Mid-American Conference) (2012–2014)|
|2012–13||Ohio||24–10||14–2||T–1st (East)||NIT First Round|
|2013–14||Ohio||25–12||11–7||3rd (East)||CIT Quarterfinal|
|Ohio:||49–22 (.690)||25–9 (.735)|
|Boston College (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2014–present)|
|2017–18||Boston College||19–16||7–11||12th||NIT First Round|
|Boston College:||73–111 (.397)||23-78 (.217)|
Postseason invitational champion
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- Andy Backstrom (2018-04-25). "Christian Signs Two-Year Extension Through 2021-22 Season". The Heights. Retrieved 2019-11-21.
- Withers, Tom. "Sports Writer". Associated Press. Retrieved 29 March 2008.
- "Jim Christian's Coaching Biography". Archived from the original on 2013-11-02. Retrieved 2012-11-24.
- "Ohio Shares MAC Title With 58–54 Win Over Miami". ohiobobcats.com. Ohio University. March 9, 2013. Retrieved 11 March 2013.
- Moylan, Connor (16 March 2013). "Akron wins 2013 MAC basketball tournament: Zips stifle Bobcats". SB Nation. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
- Arkley, Jason (17 March 2013). "Ohio lands NIT bid". The Athens Messenger. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
- Vega, Michael (3 April 2014). "BC hires Jim Christian as basketball coach". Boston Globe. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
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