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Eric J. Christiansen

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Director of Tennis

Christopher Newport University
1 University Place
Newport News , Virginia 23606
United States

Company Description: The academic programs at CNU encompass more than 80 areas of study, from biology to business administration and political science to the performing arts, offering...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    ECTennis Academy
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Christopher Newport University - Staff Directory, 5 Oct 2014 [cached]
Eric Christiansen Director of Tennis 757-594-7372
Eric Christiansen Director of Tennis 757-594-7372
Christopher Newport University - Staff Directory, 5 Oct 2014 [cached]
Eric Christiansen Christopher Newport University - Staff Directory
Christopher Newport University
Eric Christiansen Director of Tennis
Phone: 757-594-7372 Email:
Christiansen, an assistant coach for CNU's men's program for the previous five seasons, took over daily oversight of both the men's and women's tennis programs as the first Director of Tennis in school history.
Christiansen was an assistant coach for the Captains men's tennis program for seven years, including a five year stint beginning in February 2008. He has been heavily involved in the Hampton Roads tennis community for over a decade. Prior to his stint at Christopher Newport, Christiansen served as the men's and women's assistant coach at Division I Old Dominion University for two years. He was responsible for planning and running team practices and also recruited student-athletes both domestically and internationally.
While at ODU, Christiansen led the women's team to 37 wins in two years, with four All-Conference nods. The ODU men were 47-16 during Christiansen's tenure, and climbed to No. 18 in the national rankings. Since Eric joined the Christopher Newport staff, the Captains have won 70 matches paired with just 42 losses, while coaching four players to All-American status. The run included the 2008 USA South Conference Championship and subsequent NCAA Tournament appearance.
Christiansen's 10-year coaching resume also includes founding the ECTennis Academy in 2002, of which he has remained Director since its inception in 2002. In January of 2010, he was named Director of Tennis for The City of Hampton. He is a United States Tennis Association (USTA) High Performance Coach, USTA School Programs Trainer, USTA sanctioned Tournament Director and is a USPTA (United States Professional Tennis Association) certified professional. He has helped produce numerous nationally and regionally ranked junior tennis players, including one top five and two number one ranked players in their respective Mid-Atlantic age groups.
The Yorktown, VA native graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in Psychology in 2002 from the University of North Florida. As a player, Christiansen was the team captain of the fifth-ranked Ospreys, a Division II program. He earned All-Peach Belt Conference honors in 2002.
Eric and his wife Jenny reside in Yorktown, VA with their two sons, Rainer and Beck.
Getting To Know Director of Tennis Eric Christiansen
Name Eric Christiansen
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Eric Christiansen Assistant Coach
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Christiansen was the captain of the Ospreys who were ranked No. 5 in the nation in Division II. He was regionally ranked in singles and was in the Top 20 nationally in doubles. In addition, he was an all-conference player.
Christiansen was a part of head coach Rush Cole's staff in 2004 and 2005, helping guide an improvement from a 7-7 record in 2004 to a 12-4 mark the following year. He then departed to join the ODU staff, where he helped guide the Monarchs to a #18 national ranking. He returned to CNU in 2007, who have won 43 matches in the three seasons since his return.
He currently coaches and competes throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region. He and his wife Jenny currently live in Yorktown with their two sons, Rainer and Beck.
When Eric Christiansen wasn't ..., 10 June 2008 [cached]
When Eric Christiansen wasn't singing during his young son's music class this spring, everybody knew it.
Lip synching?Not an option.
Christiansen, 29, was the only adult male in the room.The group was him, a female teacher and about eight women he'd never met before the weekly, 45-minute Kindermusik classes began.Although the Newport News resident wasn't surprised to be the lone dad, he admits that he was about as shy as his 2-year-old son, Rainer, on the first day.
"It does force you to come out of your shell," Christiansen said.
Christiansen, a tennis coach with flexible hours, likes that his two boys - Rainer and baby Beck, born in May - will see a side of him that he never glimpsed in his father."My dad didn't do these things," said Christiansen, who also attends mostly all-female play groups.
That's exactly why Christiansen learned to love throwing his bass voice into the mix during Rainer's music class."It's a unique position that I'm in, that I'm able to make these memories with my son," he said.
Old Dominion University Monarchs - On Campus - Official Athletic Site, 19 Feb 2007 [cached]
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