Steve Christiansen (12th Season)
Head Men's Basketball Coach
Steve Christiansen enters his twelveth 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 NJCAA 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 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 the Athletic Academic Coordinator where he is responsible for monitoring the academic progress of all Triton athletes.