Christensen took over for former assistant coach Casey Thom, who left the coaching profession to enter into private business.
A volunteer assistant last season, Christensen oversaw the men’s throwers and helped guide Duncan Dickerson to a historical season with the Owls. Dickerson established a new Rice record with a hammer throw of 62.21m (201’1”) to become the first Owl to ever win a conference title in the hammer throw. Dickerson also placed second in the weight throw at the C-USA Indoor Championships and established a new school record (17.33m) at the Howie Ryan Invite.
Christensen earned a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology in 2013 and a master’s degree in 2015, both in Kinesiology at Sam Houston State, where he was one of the most decorated throwers in the program’s history. The Cypress, Texas native won five events in his career, including a victory in the hammer throw at the Victor Lopez Classic in 2014. He also placed third in the weight throw at the Southland Conference Indoor Championships in 2014.