Head Men's Basketball Coach (12th Season)
Steve Christiansen enters his twelfth season as Triton head coach. His teams have combined to average over 24 wins per season while compiling an overall record of 270-86. As he begins the 2015-2016 campaign with the Trojans, Coach Christiansen has six N4C Conference Championships to post along with a pair of Region IV Titles. Under Christiansen, the Trojans placed third at the 2011 NJCA Division II National Tournament (the best placing in Triton history). During the 2014-15 campaign the teams was ranked number one in the nation for two weeks from February 3 - 17, 2015. In 2006, Christiansen's squad took eighth at NJCAA Division II National Tournament.
For the 2005-2006 and 2010-11 seasons’ accomplishments Christiansen was named the District Three Coach-of-the-Year, the Region IV Coach-of-the-Year, the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) Junior College, Division II Coach-of-the-Year and the NJCAA Division II National Championship Coach’s Award.
A tireless worker, Christiansen’s philosophy is predicated on opportunity. “Triton College offers young men the opportunity to grow both as people and as players. It is my belief that if we are able to recruit talented athletes and hard-working students who are looking to maximize their potential then we owe them every chance to do so and with basketball as our classroom the learning never stops.”
Along with his coaching duties, Christiansen works in the Athletic Department as the Athletic Academic Coordinator where he is responsible for monitoring the academic
progress of all Triton athletes.
Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
Tyler Jones joins the Triton Men’s Basketball staff after serving the last 7 years as the head coach at Concordia University. Jones’s list of accomplishments at Concordia include a conference divisional championship (Northern Athletic) in 2012, and winning the 60th annual Concordia Invitational Tournament in 2011. Jones arrival in the 2008 season provided a shot of adrenalin to the Cougars as he guided a young team with only one senior starter, doubling their wins from the previous year. Jones coached two All-NAC players in guard Ryan Young and forward
James Morgan. This team placed first in the NAC in rebounding despite not having a starter above 6’6”. Coach Christiansen had this to say about Jones: “We are excited to have someone with Tyler’s wealth of experience and knowledge join our staff. The wisdom he brings, along with his unique insight, will help guide our young players to a great season. Tyler will be an invaluable asset to me on the bench.”
Jones earned his B.A. in communications from Trinity College, and his M.B.A. from Concordia in 2010. He resided in Chicago with his wife Elise and
their five children – Tyler Jr., Sterling, Sloan Sidney, and Hayden.
Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
Rex Parker joins the Triton Men’s Basketball Staff after serving the last two years as the Director of Basketball Operations at Indiana State
Prior to Indiana State, Parker spent the 2011-2013 seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Iowa Central Community College. During his
time at Iowa Central, the program qualified for the national tournament, marking it the first time a team from the school had done so in over 20 years. In fact, the team advanced to the Sweet 16 of the national tournament in 2011-12.
Before his time at Iowa Central, Parker was an assistant coach at Minnesota State University-Moorhead in 2010-11, where the team compiled their first winning season in seven years.
Parker began his collegiate playing career at Vincennes University for legendary head coach Dan Sparks. After a redshirt year, Parker played point guard for a trailblazer's team that posted a 26-6 record.
From Vincennes, Parker transferred to Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa where he played for three seasons. Parker was a member of a team that was league and tournament champions in one season with a 15-1 record in conference play. In another season, Loras won the league tournament championship and advanced to the second round of the national tournament.
Parker, a native of Milan, IN., received his BA in Sports Management from Loras in 2009 and his MA in Educational Leadership in 2013 from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Parker resides in the West Loop of Chicago.