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Coaching Staff

Steve Christiansen 2013
Steve Christiansen
Head Men's Basketball Coach (13th Season)

Steve Christiansen enters his thirteenth season as Triton head coach. His teams have combined to average over 25 wins per season while compiling an overall record of 304-89. As he begins the 2016-2017 campaign with the Trojans, Coach Christiansen has seven N4C Conference Championships to post along with a trio of Region IV Titles. Under Christiansen, the Trojans placed second at the 2016 NJCAA Division II National Tournament (the best placing in Triton history). During the 2015-16 campaign, the teams was ranked number one in the nation for final seven weeks of the season. In 2011, Christiansen's squad took third at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.

For the 2005-2006, 2010-11, and 2015-16 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.

Tyler Jones
Assistant Men's Basketball Coach

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.

Rex Parker
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 University.

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.

Jelani Boline
Assistant Men's Basketball Coach

Entering his second season at Triton, Jelani Boline’s coaching philosophy is the same as when he played - very passionate, intense, aggressive, and with a high basketball IQ.  He prides himself on having his team game ready both physically and mentally, by preparing them for the regular season during workouts in the off-season and pre-season. More importantly, Coach “Bo” tries to instill in his players the use basketball as a tool for helping them achieve their college degree and become productive citizens in their community.

Jelani played his first 2 years of collegiate ball at Oregon State University in the Pac-10. He transferred to the University of Illinois to be closer to home and play in the Big Ten. His career at Illinois led to a pair of appearances in the NCAA Tournament and winning a Big Ten Conference Championship. He completed his undergraduate degree in 1998 with a major in Speech Communications, and continued playing professionally with the Winnipeg Cyclones of the International Basketball Association in Manitoba, Canada until a severe ankle injury and partial tear of his Achilles tendon shortened his professional career.