Men's Basketball Coaches
Men's Basketball Coaches

 Chris Christiansen - Head Coach Emeritus

Chris Christiansen serves as Head Coach Emeritus for Berkeley College's men's basketball team. He was the Head Coach of the Berkeley College New York men's basketball team for 22 seasons. During his tenure, he has guided the Knights to nine Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships (2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017) in 12 years as official members of the conference. In 2011, Berkeley began competing nationally in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).

Under Christiansen’s guidance, the Berkeley College Knights have qualified for seven consecutive appearances in the USCAA Division II National Basketball Tournament. He led the team to the institution's first National crown back in the 2014-2015 campaign, when the Knights won 11 consecutive contests to close the season en route to a USCAA title. The following year - 2015-2016 - he paced Berkeley to a 24-1 mark and another National title. This past season, he was named the USCAA Division II Men's Basketball Coach of the Year, as he paced the Knights to an unblemished 29-0 record and a third consecutive USCAA title.

Additionally, Coach Christiansen has extended his leadership philosophy to his players off of the court through several community-based efforts. Those diligent efforts include the hosting of two basketball clinics, one at a middle school in Washington Heights, and the other at a homeless shelter on the Lower East Side of New York City.

Coach Christansen has more than 22 years of business exposure and 22 years of academic experience. He is a prior recipient of Berkeley College's Instructor of the Year Award, recently was awarded Associate of the Year in Excellence, and has taught a myriad of business management classes at other institutions. Professor Christiansen's corporate experience has seen him serve as the Manager of Quality Services for Group Health Incorporated, Quality Assurance Manager, and Director of Industrial Engineering and Internal Consulting for Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

Chris Christiansen takes pride in developing young men for the future, both athletically and academically. Christiansen empowers coaches/players to work hard in the areas of discipline, respect and dedication. His unique style of leadership is well received throughout the institution and amongst his peers. The last 40 years of his experiential profile emphasize that “actions in life situations speak much more profoundly than the words one preaches.”

Coach Christiansen's won-loss records per season since the Knights joined the HVIAC in 2005-2006:

2005-2006: 16-3 (.842)

2006-2007: 12-5 (.706)

2007-2008: 12-9 (.571)

2008-2009: 11-8 (.579)

2009-2010: 8-9 (.471)

2010-2011: 18-7 (.720)

2011-2012: 20-9 (.690)

2012-2013: 16-8 (.667)

2013-2014: 15-10 (.600)

2014-2015: 22-5 (.815)

2015-2016: 24-1 (.960)

2016-2017: 29-0 (1.000) 

Win Total: 203-74 (.732)

  • Span includes nine HVIAC titles, and three USCAA Division II National titles

 

 Elijah Craig - Assistant Coach

Elijah Craig, Sr. is in his fourth year as an Assistant Coach for the Berkeley College's men's basketball team. His duties include include developing game strategies, player development, recruiting, staff-meeting contributions.

During Elijah’s playing days as a Berkeley Knight, he exemplified the true definition of a professional. In four years from 2010-2014, Elijah ranked in the top five of several statistical categories. He is Berkeley’s all-time blocks leader with 256, averaging nearly three swatted shots per contest. His 56 percent field goal percentage ranks in the top five all-time at the instiution, and he also owns the school record for most double-doubles with 24. Craig is the only player in school history to average a double-double at 10.7 points per game and 10.2 rebounds per contest. He was named to the HVIAC All-Conference Team and as a USCAA All-American in 2011, 2012 and 2014.

Currently, Elijah works at Berkeley College as an Admission Associate. He and his wife Christina and son Elijah, Jr. reside in Brooklyn, New York.

 Jeffrey Mejia - Assistant Coach

Former point guard standout Jeffrey Mejia is in 2nd season as a member of the Berkeley men’s basketball staff. Jeffrey’s responsibilities as an Assistant Coach include assisting in team practices, player development, and scouting.

Mejia played a total of 88 games in four seasons as a Berkeley Knight and was a member of three USCAA Men’s Division II national championship teams from 2015-2017.  In his senior year, he started in 28 of Berkeley’s 29 games, averaging 19 minutes per game while shooting nearly 44% from the field and dishing almost three assists per game, all career highs. Jeffrey consistently played each game with a high level of intensity while demonstrating outstanding leadership qualities on the court, earning him the distinction of being named team captain for three of his four seasons. Additionally, Jeffrey excelled in the classroom maintaining a GPA over 3.0 for his entire four years. His excellence off the court has earned Jeffrey several media acclaims, including radio and television interviews with WBGO, The New York Times, and WCBS Channel 2.

The former Knights guard is a 2013 graduate of the Manhattan Center for Science and Math where he was a member of the 2013 Borough of Manhattan boys’ basketball PSAL championship title.

Mejia currently works as a Business Development Coordinator for ForceBrands, staffing and recruiting agency specializing in the food and beverage industry. Always a firm believer in giving back to his community, he also volunteers as a youth basketball coach and mentor for an organization called MBCY which serves inner city youth who reside in the Washington Heights and Inwood neighborhoods of Upper Manhattan.

The three-time USCAA National champion is currently pursuing his M.B.A. degree at Berkeley College. He lives in the Bronx, New York.

 Anton Dickerson - Assistant Coach

Anton Dickerson will be entering his fifth season as an Assistant Coach on the Berkeley men’s basketball staff. Dickerson's duties include assisting the coaching staff in developing game strategies, breaking down game film, player development and contributing in staff meetings. Berkeley guards have certainly benefit from being exposed to Anton’s wealth of experience as a former guard playing at the highest collegiate level. From 2009-2013, he was a member of NCAA Division I institution Howard University Bison, and his class of 2009 was amongst the most highly-recruited classes in the nation. A prolific shooter, Dickerson ranks in the top 10 in three-point field goals made on Howard's all-time list. At Howard, he scored a career-high against Oregon.

In 2009, Dickerson graduated from Brooklyn powerhouse Boys and Girls High School. During his high school career, he received numerous tributes for his outstanding play. He was amongst the top 25 high school players in New York City, a member of the 2009 New York Daily News All-Brooklyn Team, and in the top three of the Eastern Invitational Elite Hoop Group Camp. His 51 points against Tilden High School rank amongst the highest in Boys and Girls history.

Dickerson was the Head Coach for the Maine All-Stars and Brooklyn Bridge JV AAU team, and an Assistant Coach for Trevor Day School and Boys and Girls JV boys’ basketball team. Additionally, he also has served as a camp counselor for a variety of NYC metro area basketball camps including Brooklyn Bridge AAU, Drexel University (2012), and Howard University (2011).

Currently, he works at Berkeley College as a High School and Community Outreach Associate. Dickerson lives in Linden, New Jersey.

 Kenneth Ray - Assistant Coach