Eric J. Christiansen

Director of Tennis at Christopher Newport University

1 Avenue of The Arts, Newport News, Virginia, United States
Christopher Newport University
HQ Phone:
(757) 594-7000
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Last Updated 11/6/2017

General Information

Employment History

Captain  - Ospreys


Tennis Coach  - Old Dominion University

Founder  - ECTennis Academy

Web References  

Christopher Newport University - Staff Directory

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Christopher Newport University - Staff Directory

Eric Christiansen
Christopher Newport University - Staff Directory Eric Christiansen Director of Tennis Phone: 757-594-7372 Email: As Eric Christiansen enters his fourth season as the Director of Tennis at Christopher Newport University in 2015-16, the Captains' guide has begun to transition both men's and women's tennis at CNU into a regional power and presence on the national tennis scene. The 2014-15 season will be one to remember for Christiansen, as it marked the first time both programs earned national rankings as a team under his tutelage. For the women, it was the first national ranking in program history and both the men and women wrapped up the 2015 spring season ranked 37th nationally. CNU reached several benchmarks in the 2014-15 season, including the first CAC Championship appearance for both the men and women. He coached McKinney Harwood to the program's first ever ITA Regional Rookie of the Year honor and the freshman also finished the year ranked 49th for the first nationally-ranked women's player since 1992. In three years, Christiansen has already piled up over 80 wins combined between the two teams. He has re-established the men as a formidable power in the Atlantic South Region with a 43-24 (.642) overall record, and the women have claimed a spot among the region's elite with a 41-24 (.641) overall mark. During his first year at the helm, Christiansen helped both the men and women reach the USA South Championship match while securing top-15 regional rankings. In the end, the women posted a record of 17-7, while the men finished 16-5 during the 2012-13 campaign. Building on his early success, Christiansen then guided the Captains through the difficult terrain of the Capital Athletic Conference for the first time in 2013-14. Both the men's and women's programs captured the No. 2 seed in the CAC Tournament in their first year in the league, going 5-1 in conference play. Prior to joining the Christopher Newport athletic department, where he was the men's tennis assistant for seven years, 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. With Eric on the CNU staff as an assistant, the Captains won 97 matches paired with just 56 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 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. Coach Christiansen is also very active on campus and in the community serving as the faculty representative for FCA as well as being a Renaissance Brother for the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. In the community he has worked to establish after-school tennis programs in the Newport News school system as well as aiding the grassroots tennis movement on the Peninsula. 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. Eric Christiansen

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Christopher Newport Promotes David Weiner to Head Women's Tennis Coach - Capital Ath. Conf.

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will now be the CNU Director of Tennis / Head Men's Tennis Coach. "This is a tremendous day for the CNU Tennis Program," said Christiansen. Weiner has served as assistant coach for both the men's and women's teams since Christiansen was named Director of Tennis in August of 2012. Eric Christiansen for the opportunity.

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