Steve Christianson guided NYIT softball to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in nine years in 2017.
He has led the Bears for 11 seasons and has posted 254 wins, more than any softball coach in school history.
Christianson coached a pair of first-team All-East Coast Conference selections in 2017: Tiffany McCracken and Laura McLaughin.
Christianson earned ECC Coach of the Year honors in 2016, when the Bears went 36-13 overall and 24-4 in league play en route to the ECC regular-season title.
He came to NYIT from The Baseball Center New York City, where he served as head baseball and softball instructor.
Prior to The Baseball Center, Christianson served as associate director of athletics and head softball coach at Trinity University in Washington D.C. In 2006, he was named Atlantic Women’s Colleges Conference (AWCC) Softball Coach of the Year. In his two seasons at Trinity, Christianson coached four student-athletes to first team all-conference selections and four to second team all-conference selections, as well as one student-athlete to an all-conference honorable mention selection.
Before joining Trinity, Christianson coached the nationally renowned softball program at Bishop Denis J. O’Connell High School in Arlington, Va. He served as head coach of the undefeated Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion junior-varsity team.
He previously coached at St. Agnes High School in St. Paul, Minn., where he led the softball team to consecutive Tri-Metro Conference championships in 2001 and 2002.
Christianson is the proud father of son Gunnar and daughter Madeleine.
In 1999, Christianson earned a B.S. in elementary education from St. Cloud State University. He has taught at several softball and baseball clinics focusing on hitting, pitching, catching, base running and conditioning.
Christianson is a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) and NFCA Division II Softball Head Coaches Committee.