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Up Close with Men’s Basketball Head Coach Chris Christiansen
Chris Christiansen, Head Coach of the Berkeley College New York Men’s Basketball team for the past 21 and a half seasons, also serves as Assistant Chair, Management, in the Larry L. Luing School of Business® at Berkeley College. During his tenure as Coach, he has guided the Knights to nine Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships (2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017) in 12 years as official members of the HVIAC. In 2011 Berkeley began competing nationally in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).
Under Coach Christiansen’s guidance, the Berkeley College Knights have qualified for seven consecutive appearances in the USCAA Division II Basketball National Championship. He led the team to the institution’s first national crown in the 2014-2015 campaign, when the Knights won 11 consecutive contests to close the season, en route to a USCAA title. The following year – 2015-2016 – he paced Berkeley to a 24-1 mark and another national title. This season, he and his staff coached the Knights to an unblemished 26-0 record, which marked a record-breaking 50-game winning streak. As of March 1, 2017, the team is three victories away from its third consecutive USCAA title.
Coach Christiansen has extended his leadership philosophy to the team’s players off of the court through a number of community-based efforts. Examples include hosting 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. He and his assistant coaches pride themselves on developing young men for the future, both athletically and academically. He empowers his players to work hard in the areas of discipline, respect and dedication.
Coach Christiansen’s extraordinary style of leadership is well received throughout Berkeley College and among his peers. He has exemplified the expression that “actions in life situations speak much more profoundly than the words one preaches,” for more than four decades.
Men’s Basketball Record
Following are the win-loss records for the Berkeley College Knights under Coach Chris Christiansen’s direction. The team joined the Hudson Valley Inter-collegiate Athletic Conference (HVIAC) in 2005-2006. The team advanced to become the United States College Athletic Association (USCAA) Division II champions in 2015 and 2016.
2005-2006: 16-3 (.842)
2006-2007: 12-5 (.706)
2007-2008: 12-9 (.571)
2008-2009: 11-8 (.579)
2009-2010: 8-9 (.471)
2010-2011: 18-7 (.720)
2011-2012: 20-9 (.690)
2012-2013: 16-8 (.667)
2013-2014: 15-10 (.600)
2014-2015: 22-5 (.815)
2015-2016: 24-1 (.960)
2016-2017: 26-0 (.1000) *Record updated through 3/1/2017
Win Total: 200-74 (.729)
The above span of time includes nine HVIAC titles, and two USCAA Division II National titles.