Boston College will hire Ohio University’s Jim Christian as its next men’s basketball coach, the school as announced. BC athletic director announced the move in a series of tweets Thursday.
His energy is contagious & his passion inspiring, which will resonate throughout our program, & he is a proven winner. #WeAreBC— Brad Bates (@BCBradBates) April 3, 2014
The 49-year-old Christian went 49-21 in two seasons at Ohio, without an NCAA Tournament berth. He went 137-54 in six seasons at Kent State, his first head coaching job. That run included a pair of automatic NCAA berths in 2006 and 2008 after winning the Mid-American Conference championship.
Boston College’s search initially focused on Harvard coach Tommy Amaker, but Amaker removed himself from consideration for the job. Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins and St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt were eliminated from the process this week, according to the Globe’s Michael Vega.Gary Dzen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GaryDzen