Steve Christianson enters his 11th season as NYIT head coach in 2016-17. He is the reigning East Coast Conference coach of the year.
Under Christianson, the Bears NYIT went 36-13 overall and 24-4 in the ECC and won the league’s regular-season title in 2016.
Christianson 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 was 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. In 2005, he guided one team member to AWCC Newcomer of the Year and Most Outstanding Player honors.
Before coaching at Trinity, Christianson coached the nationally recognized softball program at Bishop Denis J. O’Connell High School in Arlington, Va., where he served as head junior varsity coach of the undefeated Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship team. Previously, he 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 resides in Mineola, N.Y., with 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.