Since taking over the reigns in 2007, NYIT head coach Stephen Christianson has transformed the softball program into one of the top contenders in the East Coast Conference and the Northeast Region. In 2009, Christianson led the Bears to a record 37 wins and the program's first appearance in the ECC tournament championship game.
Christianson looks to get the program back on track after back-to-back injury plaqued seasons. In 2012, the Bears more than doubled their 2011 wins total, posting a 12-33 overall record. In 2011, NYIT went 5-35.
In 2010, the Bears finished with their second consecutive 30-win season with a 33-23 record. Despite going 37-24-1 in 2009, the Bears just missed out on their second consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament. Christianson also earned his 100th career coaching victory with a 9-4 win over St. Thomas Aquinas on April 14, 2009. In 2008, he led NYIT to one of the most successful seasons in the program's history, as the Bears finished with a 29-18 record, were ranked as high as fourth in the Northeast region, and received their first bid to the NCAA tournament. Their achievements over the past three seasons have been recognized with votes in the 2009 and 2010 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division II national poll.
In his first season at the helm of the program in 2007, Christianson inherited a team that was 13-22 the season before and orchestrated a 20-20 record, which included an appearance in the ECC tournament.
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 Madeline. 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.