The fall of 2017 will mark the 16th season Mark Christians will lead the Defender men’s golf team and his fourth season coaching the women’s golf team. Christians led the men’s golf team to a third place finish in the GPAC in 2009. He coached the women’s team to their highest finish in the GPAC conference in 2016-17.
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.
Prior to coaching golf at Dordt, Christians was an assistant coach for the Defender men’s basketball program from 1991-1993 and the Junior Varsity basketball coach 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.
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, MN earning First Team All-Area honors from the Worthington Globe 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.
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 honor” and 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”.