Head Men's Basketball Coach, New York
NY Men's Basketball
Phone: 212-986-4343 ext. 4406
Chris Christiansen has served as Head Coach of the New York men’s basketball team for the past 17 years. During his tenure, he has guided the Knights to six Hudson Valley Men’s Athletic Championships (2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013) in eight years as official members of the conference. In 2011, Berkeley began competing nationally in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).
Under Christiansen’s guidance, the Berkeley College Knights qualified for three consecutive appearances in the Division II National Tournament, finishing in fifth place in 2011, second place in 2012, and third in 2013. Additionally, Coach Christiansen has extended his leadership philosophy to his players off of the court through several community-based efforts. Those diligent efforts include the hosting of two basketball clinics, one at a middle school in Washington Heights, and the other at a homeless shelter on the Lower East Side of New York City.
Coach Christansen has more than 20 years of business exposure and 15 years of academic experience. He is a prior recipient of Berkeley College's Instructor of the Year Award, recently was awarded Associate of the Year in Excellence, and has taught a myriad of business management classes at other institutions. Professor Christiansen's corporate experience has seen him serve as the Manager of Quality Services for Group Health Incorporated, Quality Assurance Manager, and Director of Industrial Engineering and Internal Consulting for Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
Chris Christiansen and his assistant coaches pride themselves on developing young men for the future, both athletically and academically. Christiansen empowers his players to work hard in the areas of discipline, respect and dedication. His unique style of leadership is well received throughout the institution and amongst his peers. The last 40 years of his experiential profile emphasize that “actions in life situations speak much more profoundly than the words one preaches.”