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