6 Reggie Christiansen
6 Reggie Christiansen
Title: Head Coach
Phone: (916) 278-4036
Email: christra@csus.edu
Year: Ninth Season
Previous College: Menlo College, '98

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Reggie Christiansen Bio

Reggie Christiansen joined the Sacramento State Hornets as an assistant coach prior to the 2009 season under then head coach John Smith. Christiansen was named the program's head coach in 2011 and, now entering his ninth season at the helm for the Hornets, Christiansen has led his teams to seven straight 30+ win seasons, six straight postseason appearances, two tournament titles, and more. 

Prior to Sacramento State, Christiansen was the head coach at South Dakota State for four years (2005-08). He served as the team’s hitting instructor, recruiting coordinator and third base coach. He was also an assistant coach at Kansas (2003-04) while he made his debut as a head coach with his alma mater, Menlo College, in 2002. Christiansen graduated from Menlo in 1998 with a degree in business administration and received his master’s degree from Kansas in 2004 in health, sport and exercise science. A native of Ferndale, Calif., Christiansen and his wife Amber have two sons, Ryan and Reese, and a daughter, Ava.

Sacramento State Highlights: 2011-2018 (Eight seasons)

  • Two-time WAC Coach of the Year (2012, 2014)
  • Two-time WAC Champion (2014, 2017)
  • Led his team to a 40-win season in 2014
  • 2014 MLB Northern California Scouts' Div. I Coach of the Year
  • Led program to first NCAA Regionals appearance in 2014 
  • Has received an All-American, three All-West Regions, six Freshman All-Americans, four WAC Freshman of the Year, and two WAC Player of the Year
  • One of two California Div. I programs with 30+ wins in seven consecutive seasons 
  • 235 total wins since 2012 are sixth most among California Div. I programs
  • 18 players have been selected in the MLB June Amateur Draft since taking over as head coach in 2011

2018 Season: 35-25 (17-7 WAC)

  • Advanced to their sixth straight postseason tournament, clinching #2 seed
  • Signed a seven-year contract extension, keeping him in Sacramento through the 2024 season
  • Seven players named to WAC all-conference teams, most since 2014
  • Senior Austin Root named ABCA/Rawlings All-West Region Selection
  • Freshman Scott Randall named Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American
  • Hornets pitchers set program record with 456 strikeouts
  • Led the WAC in ERA, shutouts, K:BB, WHIP, BB/9
  • Three players selected in the 2018 MLB June Amateur Draft

2017 Season: 32-29 (12-12 WAC)

  • Won their second WAC Tournament in four seasons after clinching #3 seed
  • Made second NCAA Regional appearance in program history
  • Four players named to WAC all-conference teams
  • Freshman Parker Brahms named Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American, WAC Freshman of the Year
  • Senior Justin Dillon threw the first no-hitter in Hornets' Div. I history on Feb. 28
  • Led the WAC in ERA, WHIP, opposing batting average, K:BB, and H/9
  • One player selected in the 2017 MLB June Amateur Draft

2016 Season: 30-28 (16-11 WAC)

  • Driving force behind the addition of lights to John Smith Field in May
  • Won two-of-three games at Auburn to start season, the third of four season-opening series wins or splits against Power 5 programs
  • Won at No. 5 LSU, the team's second win over a top-five team in three seasons
  • Three players named to WAC all-conference teams
  • Three players selected in the 2016 MLB June Amateur Draft

2015 Season: 33-27 (16-11 WAC)

  • Advanced to third straight postseason tournament, clinching the #4 seed
  • Pitching staff finished third in all of NCAA Div. I with 1.09 WHIP and 2.07 BB/9
  • Staff ranked 12th nationally with 7.7 H/9 and set single-season school records for ERA (2.97) and fewest walks (124)
  • Four players named to WAC all-conference teams
  • Four players selected in the 2015 MLB June Amateur Draft

2014 Season: 40-24 (21-6 WAC)

  • Won 40 games for just the fifth time in program history and first since 1991
  • Won first WAC Tournament championship and advanced to first NCAA Regionals in program history
  • Eliminated No. 18 Arizona State in Regionals
  • Team's 21 conference wins were second in in program history
  • Won second WAC Coach of the Year award
  • Junior Rhys Hoskins named WAC Player of the Year, third-team Louisville Slugger All-American
  • Freshman Sam Long named WAC Freshman of the Year, Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American
  • Seven players named to WAC all-conference teams
  • Two players drafted in 2014 MLB June Amateur Draft, including 5th round pick Rhys Hoskins

2013 Season: 34-25 (14-13 WAC)

  • First back-to-back 30-win seasons in over 20 years
  • Second consecutive postseason appearance
  • Chris Lewis named NCBWA Freshman All-American, Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American, WAC Player of the Year
  • Sutter McLoughlin named NCBWA Freshman All-American, Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American
  • Four players named to WAC all-conference teams
  • Three players drafted in the 2013 MLB June Amateur Draft

2012 Season: 31-28 (11-7 WAC)

  • Won the WAC regular-season championship for the first time since joining the league (1993)
  • Reached 30+ wins for the first time since 2003
  • Was one of two teams in the nation to go from last place in its conference in 2011 to first in 2012 (Cornell, Ivy League)
  • Advanced to first ever WAC Tournament title-game
  • Set school record with .979 fielding percentage (5th NCAA)
  • Andrew Ayers named WAC MVP
  • Rhys Hoskins named Freshman All-american, the first in program history
  • Six players named to WAC all-conference teams 
  • Two players selected in 2012 MLB June Amateur Draft

2011 Season: 19-39 (6-18 WAC)

  • Led Hornets to 19 wins, including six conference victories in his first season
  • Coached the team to a .969 fielding percentage, at the time the second best in program history
  • One player named to WAC all-conference teams

 

Hornets in the Pros Under Christiansen

Year Name Organization Round
2018 James Outman (OF) Los Angeles (NL)

7

  Ian Dawkins (OF) Chicago (AL)

27

  Vinny Esposito (IF) Detroit

34

2017 Justin Dillon (P) Toronto

10

2016 Tyler Beardsley (P) Minnesota 16
  Sam Long (P) Tampla Bay 18
  Gunner Pollman (C) Miami 26
2015 Nathan Lukes (OF) Cleveland 7
  Sutter McLoughlin (P) Philadelphia

22

  Scotty Burcham (IF) Colorado 25
  Brennan Lietao (P) St. Louis 26
  Ty Nichols (P) Tampa Bay FA
2014  Rhys Hoskins (IF) Philadelphia 5
  Alex Palsha (P) NY Mets 27
2013 Justin Higley (OF) Oakland 13
  Tanner Mendonca (P) Minnesota 17
  Andrew Ayers (IF) Kansas City 30
2012 R.J. Davis (P) Tampa Bay 20
  Derrick Chung (C/IF) Toronto 31
2011 Kirby Young (OF) Los Angeles (AL) FA

 

California Division-I Team Wins Since 2012

 

School

2012

2013

2014 2015

2016

2017 2018 Total

1

Cal State Fullerton   

36

51

34  39

36

39 36 271

2

UCLA

48

49

25 45

25

30 38

251

3

Stanford

41

32

35 24

31

42 46 251

4

San Diego State

26

31

42 41

21

42 39 242

5

Cal Poly

36

40

47 27

32

28 30 240

6

Sacramento State

31

34

40 33

30

32 35 235

7

UC Santa Barbara

28

35

34 40

43

24 27 231

8

San Diego

40

37

34 33

27

35 23 229

9

Long Beach State

28

29

34  28

38

42 27 226

10

UC Irvine

32

33

41  33

31

23 32 225

11

Pepperdine

36

27

43  32

29

20  31 218

12

Fresno State

31

23

28  31

36

35 30 214

13

Loyola Marymount

27

24

32  33

26

38  25 205

14

Cal

29

23

26 36

32

25 32 203

15

CSU Bakersfield

25

37

26 37

19

32 21 197

16

CSUN

23

31

18  33

33

26  28 192

17

San Francisco

29

35

25  23

22

29 28 191
18 Saint Mary's 23 21 16 28

33

37 31 189

19

USC

23

20

29 39

28

21 26 186

20

UC Davis

27

19

23  30

17

21  18 155

21

Santa Clara

26

14

26  26

23

13 26 154

22

UC Riverside

22

14

26  15

26

24 19 146

23

San Jose State

22

17

19 13

17

20 27 135

24

Pacific

16

15

26 14

22

18 22 133