Jamie Christian Named ASU's Running Backs Coach

Dec. 21, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. -

Jamie Christian has been named ArizonaStateUniversity's running backs coach, head coach Dennis Erickson announced Thursday.


Erickson also announced that Christian will be one of two co-special teams coaches for the Sun Devils, joining cornerbacks coach Al Simmons.


Christian rejoins Erickson, with whom he coached for five seasons at the University of Idaho (2006), with the San Francisco 49ers (2003, 2004) and at OregonStateUniversity (2001, 2002).  Christian has also coached at NorthernArizonaUniversity (2002) and at SacramentoStateUniversity (2005).


In his first year at Idaho, Christian tutored a pair of 500-yard runners in Brian Flowers (561 yards) and Jayson Bird (506), who also combined for 11 rushing touchdowns.


Christian spent the first three years of his college playing career as a fullback at FresnoState before transferring to Central Washington. After transferring, Christian switched to running back and was CWU's leader in rushing yards and touchdowns, and helped lead the Wildcats to the 1995 NAIA National Championship.


Christian, 33, earned his bachelor's degree in law and justice from Central Washington in 1999.


Christian joins Dan Cozzetto (tight ends/assistant head coach), Rich Olson (offensive coordinator), Al Simmons (cornerbacks), Gregg Smith (offensive line) and Grady Stretz (defensive line) as the assistant coaches officially named to Erickson's staff. Erickson was introduced as head coach by Arizona State University Vice President for University Athletics Lisa Love on Dec. 11. 


More hires on Coach Erickson's staff will be announced once they are approved by ASU's Human Resources Department.


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