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Boston College hires Ohio's Jim Christian as head coach

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Mar 16, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Ohio Bobcats head coach Jim Christian reacts during the championship game against the Akron Zips in the MAC tournament at Quicken Loans Arena. (Eric P. Mull-USA TODAY Sports)

Just a few weeks after firing Steve Donahue, Boston College has found his replacement.

The school announced Thursday that Ohio University’s Jim Christian has been hired to lead the basketball program. Christian is the Mid-American Conference’s all-time leader in winning percentage after spending two seasons at the helm at Ohio and six seasons at Kent State.

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"Jim Christian brings three remarkable traits to Boston College basketball," BC athletic director Brad Bates said in a statement. "First, he sincerely cares about his student-athletes and will be a catalyst for their development as basketball players, scholars, servers and leaders, while creating a family culture that brings pride to the BC community. Second, his energy is contagious and his passion inspiring, which will resonate throughout our program. Finally, he is a proven winner with an outstanding winning percentage and three conference championships. We are very excited to have Jim Christian leading Boston College basketball, and look forward to an extraordinary future."

In his two seasons at Ohio, Christian led the Bobcats to a 49-22 record, winning the MAC regular season championship in the 2012-13 season. During his stint at Kent State, he compiled a 138-58 record and earned conference coach of the year in 2006 and 2008. His team won the conference title and went to the NCAA tournament in both of those seasons.

Christian also had a four year stint as head coach at TCU from 2008-2012 where he registered a 56-73 record. He’ll inherit a team that went 8-24 in Donahue’s final season.

"I am obviously tremendously excited and humbled to be able to take over a program with the tradition and history of Boston College,” Christian said on a conference call. “If you look at the great coaches and success that they have had before me, it is a situation where you wake up every day and you just can't wait to get to work. I can't wait to get up there, meet our players and spend as much time getting to know them as I possibly can; and just go attack the things that we want.”

Christian, who played collegiately at Boston University and the University of Rhode Island, had stints as an assistant at Western Kentucky, Saint Francis (PA), Miami (OH), and Pittsburgh.

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