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Jim Christian was hired as the 12th head basketball coach at Boston College on April 3, 2014.
Christian is a two-time Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year and has led teams to eight postseason appearances in his 12 seasons as a head coach at Ohio, TCU and Kent State. He has coached three All-Americans, three MAC Players of the Year and 30 all-conference honorees.
Christian spent the last two seasons as head coach at Ohio, leading the Bobcats to a 49-22 record in that time. In his first season at the helm, Ohio went 24-10 and earned a bid to the NIT. The Bobcats won their first regular season MAC title since 1994 and they tied a program record with 14 league wins and seven road victories. He was named the NABC District 14 Coach of the Year.
Ohio led the nation in assists per game (17.5) in 2012-13 and ranked seventh in the country in turnover margin (+4.7). Under his guidance, guard D.J. Cooper ranked seventh in the nation in assists and was the first MAC Player of the Year from Ohio since 1995.
Last year, the Bobcats went 25-12 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the College Insider Tournament. It was just the third time in school history that an Ohio team reached 25 wins.
Christian, who also spent six seasons at Kent State from 2002-08, is the all-time leader in winning percentage (.700) in Mid-American Conference history and reached 20 wins in all eight of his seasons in the conference.
Prior to his time at Ohio, Christian was the head coach at TCU from 2008-12. While in Fort Worth, he had a record of 56-73 (.434) and led the Horned Frogs to their first postseason appearance since 2005 when they played in the 2012 College Basketball Invitational. He coached six All-Mountain West players while in Fort Worth.
One of those players was guard Hank Thorns, Jr., who earned first team honors after ranking in the top 12 in the country in both assists and assist/turnover ratio, the only player in the nation to accomplish that feat in 2010-11.
Christian began his head coaching career at Kent State where he compiled a record of 138-58 (.704). He led the Golden Flashes to five postseason appearances in his six seasons at the helm. He earned MAC Coach of the Year accolades in 2006 and 2008, both times leading Kent State to the conference title and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Golden Flashes earned NIT berths in each of his first three seasons.
Kent State won 20 games every year that Christian was the head coach and he guided it to its first-ever top 25 ranking in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls.
The 2007-08 season was one of the best in Kent State history. The Golden Flashes finished 28-7 with a school-record 25 regular-season wins and won the Mid-American Conference regular-season and tournament championships. Christian guided Kent State to a No. 9 seed in the NCAA Tournament which was the best seed in program history.
While in Kent, Christian mentored two honorable-mention All-Americans (Antonio Gates, DeAndre Haynes), two MAC Players of the Year (DeAndre Haynes, Al Fisher), three MAC Defensive Players of the Year (Demetric Shaw, John Edwards, Haminn Quaintance), one MAC Sixth Man of the Year (Kevin Warzynski) and a total of 19 All-MAC selections, including six first teamers. Christian served as an assistant coach for the Golden Flashes in 2001-02 when they advanced to the Elite Eight. Prior to his time in Kent, Christian was a college basketball talent evaluator at Octagon Sports Marketing and Management.
Christian served as an assistant coach at Pittsburgh from 1996-99 under Ralph Willard. He guided the development of Vonteego Cummings, a two-time All-Big East player who went on to play for the Philadelphia 76ers and Golden State Warriors.
Christian served as an assistant coach under former Miami (Ohio) and current Arizona State head coach Herb Sendek during the 1995-96 campaign. The RedHawks recorded a 21-8 overall record, including a 12-6 mark in conference action, and earned a berth in the NIT.
Christian worked at Western Kentucky for the 1994-95 season as the Hilltoppers went 27-4, including a 17-1 record in the Sun Belt Conference. That season, Western Kentucky recorded the fourth-most wins in program history and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament after winning the conference tournament. Christian's first full-time assistant coaching position came at St. Francis (Pa.). In his two seasons with the Red Flashes, Christian guided the development of two-time All-Northeast Conference performer Deon George and Jason Roberts.
A native of Bethpage, N.Y., Christian was an all-state guard at St. Dominic High School while playing under Ralph Willard. Christian was recruited by current Louisville head coach Rick Pitino to Boston University where he played two seasons before transferring to 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 in the 1988 NCAA Tournament.
The standout guard led the Rams to victories over Missouri and Syracuse before losing a 73-72 game to Duke for the right to advance to the Elite Eight. After graduation, Christian spent one season playing professionally in Australia for the Sydney City Comets.
Christian earned his bachelor's degree in consumer affairs from the University of Rhode Island in 1988. He and his wife, Patty, have three children, MacKenzie, Zach and Jay.
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