Boston College Hires Ohio’s Jim Christian As New Head Basketball Coach

jim christianBoston College has found a new boss.

BC officially announced Thursday the hiring of new men’s basketball head coach Jim Christian, who previously held the same position at Ohio University.

“Jim sincerely cares about his student-athletes and¬†will be a catalyst for their development as players, scholars, servers (and) leaders,” BC athletic director Brad Bates said in a statement.

Christian¬†posted a 49-21 record in two years at Ohio, leading the Bobcats to the championship game of the Mid-American Conference in 2012-13. He previously held head-coaching jobs at Kent State — where he won MAC coach of the year honors in 2002 and 2008 — and TCU.

A native of Bethpage, N.Y., Christian played his college ball in New England, first at Boston University and later at Rhode Island, in the 1980s.

Boston College went 8-24 overall and 4-14 in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season under former head coach Steve Donahue, who was fired in March. The Eagles have not reached the NCAA tournament since 2009.

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