Christian Makes BC Debut
April 8, 2014
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Boston College men's basketball head coach Jim Christian was formally introduced at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon inside the Yawkey Center on campus.
Director of Athletics Brad Bates introduced Christian to the audience before he took the podium.
"This is an exciting day in Boston College basketball," Bates said. "There are a lot of characteristics that you look at when you are selecting the next leader of your basketball program. There are core elements at Boston College that go without question; integrity, competitiveness, the ability to coach and recruit. At the end of the day, Jim distanced himself from a lot of candidates for this job."
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. This past year, the Bobcats went 25-12 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the College Insider Tournament. His 2012-13 Ohio squad was the regular-season MAC champions (14-2) and he was named the NABC District 14 Coach of the Year.
"I have to start off by saying how honored I am to stand here as the new head basketball coach at Boston College," Christian said. "I am deeply indebted and forever grateful to Father Leahy, to Brad Bates, to Leo Sullivan for this special opportunity. As a basketball coach, you want to be in a situation where there are proper fits. I have a great appreciation for the players and coaches that have created the unbelievable tradition here at Boston College."
Following the press conference, Christian joined Bates in sending off the men's hockey team to Philadelphia to compete in the Frozen Four. Christian and men's hockey head coach Jerry York shared a conversation prior to the team's departure.
Later in the evening, Christian bought dinner and held a meet and greet with students at Corcoran Commons.