Mark Christians


At Dordt

Mark Christians has been coaching the men's golf team since 2003 and the women's program since 2015. 

During that time, he coached 23 men's players and eight women's players who have earned NAIA Scholar-Athlete recognition and seven men's teams and four women's teams who have earned NAIA Scholar-Team accolades.

Coaching Experience

Prior to coaching golf at Dordt, Christians was an assistant coach for the Defender men’s basketball program from 1991-1993 and served on the basketball coaching staff from 1993-1996.  He also coached the women’s tennis team in 1985 while a senior at Dordt.

After graduating from Dordt and Northern Arizona University, he coached basketball, soccer, tennis, and baseball at Des Moines Christian High School from 1986-89.

Athletic Experience

Competed for Dordt in basketball and tennis from 1981-85 and golf from 1982-84.

Participated in basketball, soccer, and track at Southwest Christian High School in Edgerton, Minnesota and earned all-area honors in 1981.


Graduated from Dordt in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in psychology and education.

Earned a master's degree in 1986 from Northern Arizona University in school counseling.

Earned a doctoral degree in 1996 from the University of South Dakota in counseling psychology.

Coaching Philosophy

My coaching philosophy is based on Christ’s example that He exhibited while on earth, as well as other Scriptural examples of what it means to lead a golf program and student-athletes at Dordt University.  The golf program teaches, instills and strengthens the core beliefs of the Christian faith, not to just compete in golf meets.  The primary goal is to develop men and women to be servant leaders both as a member of the Dordt University community and in their current and future roles as a disciple of Christ working toward shalom in His kingdom.  I believe in and work to develop the core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, perseverance, and judgment to compete in a Christian manner and to use our God-given talents to the best of our ability. My coaching philosophy can be summed up in Romans 12:10; Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honorand Ephesians 6:13, “Therefore, put on the armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand”.