Jim Christian Named BC Basketball Head Coach

It’s a new day for Boston College basketball.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Jim Christian “has agreed in principle” to become the new head coach of the Boston College basketball team.

On March 18, BC fired Steve Donahue after a horrid 8-24 season and going 4-14 in the ACC. What followed was an extensive period of trying to determine who would be the next head coach for BC basketball.

At first, Tommy Amaker was reported by the Boston Globe as the frontrunner, but Amaker rejected BC, stating, “I am where I want to be.”

Mike Hopkins appeared to be the next in line when he was spotted in Boston, planning to meet with BC about the vacant head coaching position along with BC alum and head coach of St. Bonaventure, Mark Schmidt.

But at the end of the day, BC chose Christian as the leader of the new era of college basketball at BC.

This past season, Ohio finished 25-11 overall and 11-7 in the Mid-American Conference. Last season, in Christian’s first year at Ohio, the Bobcats finished 24-10 overall, and 14-2 in the MAC and qualified for the NIT.

Christian also has NCAA tournament experience with Kent State University. In 2005 and 2007, Kent State qualified for the NCAA tournament, but was knocked out in the first round.

He has ties to the Northeast, too, hailing from Bethpage, New York and playing for BU under Rick Pitino before transferring to University of Rhode Island for his final two years of college hoops under Tom Penders.

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