In five years at Boston College, Jim Christian is just 62-100, with one trip to the post-season. That was an NIT berth last year, when the Eagles finished 19-16.
After a 14-17 (5-13) season in 2018-19, Christian is 18-72 in ACC play during his tenure, good for a .200 win percentage in one of the country’s top college hoops leagues.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Eagles move on from Christian, given the program’s struggles, but he’s getting another year. Boston College made the decision on Tuesday.
Boston College athletic director Martin Jarmond went into detail about the decision to keep Jim Christian for another year.
He spoke at length with the Boston Globe, citing some of the ways that the program can improve around Christian.
“We looked in the mirror, and I just asked Jim, ‘What are some things that are really going to help us get to the next level and be more consistently competitive?’ ” Jarmond said. “And we talked about strength and conditioning, we talked about nutrition, we talked about travel.
“So I’m going to work with him, but I’ve gotten commitments already secured to enhance those areas.
“We’re going to have additional personnel in strength and conditioning to help our men’s basketball program. We’re going to have some additional personnel to help with the development and wellness of our guys. We’re going to put over six figures into our locker room this offseason, just to put a nutrition area in our locker room to help any nutritional needs for our guys.
Recruiting is also both an area in which Boston College can improve, and a place where Christian probably helped himself already. Jarmond pledged to increase the team’s recruiting budget, but also cited the upcoming BC recruiting class, which he calls the best in Christian’s tenure.
BC currently has four three-star players committed for 2019, a class that ranks No. 57 in 247’s composite rankings, and 13th in the ACC. It is the best group that Christian has brought in so far, at least by the recruiting rankings.
While Christian’s record is sub-par, the issues at BC predate him by a long shot. Steve Donahue, who had been incredibly successful at Cornell and is doing a solid job at Penn now, was 54-76 at BC, with a 24-44 ACC record. He replaced Al Skinner, whose firing after a 15-16 2009-10 season looks more and more like a mistake. Skinner was 247–165 at Boston College from 1997-2010, making the NCAA Tournament seven times, including the school’s last berth, in 2009.