Jim Christian

Jim Christian (born February 6, 1965)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Canisius Golden Griffins
Current conference: Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC)
Kent State record: 137-59 (.699)
TCU record: 56-73 (.434)
Ohio record: 49-22 (.690)
Boston College record: 78-132 (.371)
Canisius record: 0-0 (.000)
Overall record: 320-286 (.528)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2024-present Canisius
2014-2021 Boston College
2012-2014 Ohio
2008-2012 TCU
2002-2008 Kent State
2001-2002 Kent State (asst)
1996-1999 Pittsburgh (asst)
1995-1996 Miami (OH) (asst)
1994-1995 Western Kentucky (asst)
1992-1994 Saint Francis (PA) (asst)
1990-1992 Western Kentucky (asst)

Jim Christian Facts

  • James Patrick Christian
  • Born February 6, 1965
  • Hometown: Bethpage, New York
  • Alma Mater: University of Rhode Island (BS, 1988)
  • Played high school basketball at St. Dominic in Oyster Bay, NY for head coach Ralph Willard
  • Started his collegiate career at Boston University playing under head coach Rick Pitino
    • Finished at Rhode Island, playing two seasons under Tom Penders
  • First college coaching job was as an assistant at Western Kentucky under his old high school coach, Ralph Willard
  • Spent time as an assistant to Tom McConnell, Matt Kilcullen, Herb Sendek and Stan Heath
  • Took over for Heath as the head coach at Kent State in 2002
    • Won 137 games over six seasons and reached two NCAA Tournaments and three NITs
  • Spent four years as the head coach at TCU, reaching the CBI 2012 but never the NIT or NCAA
  • Next stop was a two-year stint at Ohio, where he went to the NIT in 2013 and CIT in 2014
    • Won 24 and 25 games in his two seasons for an overall record of 49-22 at Ohio
  • Has been the head men’s basketball coach at Boston College since April 2014
    • His teams finished below .500 in six of his seven seasons at BC, but the Eagles did reach the NIT in 2018
    • Fired in February 2021 with the Eagles sitting at 3-13 (1-9 ACC); his overall record at BC was 78-132
  • In June 2022, Christian returned to Kent State as the assistant athletic director of basketball administration
  • Hired in April 2024 to be the new head coach of the Canisius Golden Griffins in the MAAC

Jim Christian Coaching Tree