Steve Christiansen (9th Season)
Head Men's Basketball Coach
Steve Christiansen enters his eighth season as Triton head coach. His teams have combined to average over 23 wins per season in compiling an overall 193-66 record. As he begins the 2012-2013 campaign with the Trojans, Coach Christiansen has four N4C Conference Championships to post along with a pair of Region IV Titles including this past season. Under Christiansen, the Trojans placed third at the 2011 NJCAA Division II National Tournament (the best placing in Triton history). In 2006, Christiansen's sqaud 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.”
A native of Hinckley, Ill., Christiansen attended Hinckley-Big Rock High School. He graduated from North Central College with a B.A. in finance with minors in marketing and coaching. After graduating from North Central, Christiansen was the director of basketball operations at Northern Illinois University from 2002-04. He was a graduate assistant coach for the 2001-02 season. He received his M.A. in sports management from Northern Illinois University in December 2006.
Along with his coaching duties, Christiansen works in the Athletic Department as athletic academic coordinator, as he is responsible for monitoring the academic progress of all Triton athletes.