Illini Hire Minnesota State Assistant for Hitting Coach PositionPosted:
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois baseball head coach Dan Hartleb announced the addition of Adam Christ (pronounced like list) to the Fighting Illini staff on Wednesday. Christ will serve as an assistant coach for Illinois after spending the past seven seasons at Minnesota State. He will work with the position players and be the third base coach.
“I am excited that Adam has joined our coaching staff and Illini family,” Hartleb said. “Adam has had great success recruiting at the collegiate level and has helped guide his team to the Division II College World Series four out of the last seven years. He will bring energy and outstanding knowledge of the game. He will handle a number of areas with his base coaching abilities along with hitting and infield play. I know he will be an outstanding fit on our staff and with the student-athletes in our program.”
Named an assistant coach at Minnesota State in the summer of 2008, Christ was promoted to associate head coach in 2012. During his time with the Mavericks, Minnesota State accrued a 306-86 overall record for a .781 winning percentage.
“I am excited to get to know all of the Illini student-athletes and get to work with them on the field,” Christ said. “I look forward to continuing the University of Illinois baseball program’s tradition of excellence. The Big Ten has gotten even better in recent years, so I am thrilled to join one of the elite conferences in Division I athletics. I love to help players develop and spend time helping them succeed on the baseball field, in the classroom and overall in life.”
In his seven seasons in Mankato, Minnesota State made seven NCAA postseason tournament appearances, won four Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference regular-season titles, four NSIC tournament titles, claimed four NCAA regional titles and posted NCAA DII National Championship tournament finishes of seventh (2010), third (2012), second (2013) and third (2014).
The Waseca, Minnesota, native spent three years with the Ripken Academy in Aberdeen, Maryland prior to becoming an assistant coach at Minnesota State. A graduate assistant coach with the Maverick baseball program for two years (he earned his master's degree from Minnesota State in 2008), Christ is a 2003 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee graduate where he was middle infielder with the Panthers.
Christ also spent a season with the baseball program at Iowa State (2000-01) where he was the starting shortstop and earned a scholar-athlete award with the Cyclones. He also logged two years at Des Moines Area Community College (1998-99 and 1999-2000) where he was a two-time all-conference selection.