Assistant Head Coach
1990-91 Idaho State
1986-87 Eastern Washington
1985 Everett (Wash.) HS
1984 Sehome (Wash.) HS
1983 Western Washington
2011 New Mexico Bowl
2009 New Mexico Bowl
2008 Alamo Bowl
2008 (2007) Cotton Bowl
2006 Sun Bowl
2005 Independence Bowl
2003 Independence Bowl
1995 Las Vegas Bowl
1989 Freedom Bowl
Dave Christensen, hired on Dec. 20, 2013 as the offensive coordinator and tight ends coach, brings 29 years of college coaching experience to his new job. His two most recent positions were at Missouri, where he established himself as one of the top offensive coordinators in the country, and at Wyoming, where he was the head coach from 2009-13 and the 2011 Mountain West Coach of the Year.
He led Wyoming a bowl game in his first season--only the second Cowboy head coach to accomplish that feat--and became the only UW coach to win a bowl game in his first season.
After going 3-9 in 2010, Christensen enjoyed his best season as a head coach in 2011 when Wyoming finished third in the Mountain West Conference behind No. 6 Boise State and No. 13 TCU and he was named MWC Coach of the Year. He left Wyoming with a 27-35 overall mark.
He became a head coach after serving 17 years as an assistant for Gary Pinkel at Toledo (1992-2000) and Missouri (2001-08). Christensen coached the offensive line at both schools and was the offensive coordinator from 1997-2008, including his entire stay at Missouri.
Christensen devised and implemented one of college football's most exciting no-huddle, spread offenses at Mizzou, where he was named the 2007 National Offensive Coordinator of the Year by Rivals.com and was runner-up for the 2007 Frank Broyles Award, honoring the nation's top assistant coach. Missouri played in the Big 12 Championship game in both 2007 and 2008 as the champion of the Big 12 North.
Missouri finished the 2007 season with a No. 4 Associated Press ranking and Christensen's offense ranked No. 5 in the nation in total offense (490.3 yards per game), No. 8 in scoring offense (39.9) and No. 9 in passing offense (314.1).
Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy balloting in 2007, when Christensen's offense scored a school-record 558 points, far surpassing the previous Missouri single-season record of 399 points. Also that season, tight end Martin Rucker and freshman wide receiver Jeremy Maclin were Consensus first-team All-America selections, marking the first time Missouri had two Consensus first-team All-Americans in the same season. Senior center Adam Spieker was named a finalist for the Rimington Award, which honors the nation's best center.
In 2008, the A.P. No. 19-ranked Tigers (No. 16 Coaches' poll) finished fourth in the nation in passing offense (330.4 yards per game), No. 6 in scoring offense (42.2) and No. 8 in total offense (484.1).
That season, the Tigers again had two Consensus first-team All-Americans in Maclin and tight end Chase Coffman. Coffman also won the 2008 John Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end, while Maclin was a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, which honors the nation's top wide receiver.
The Tigers were nationally ranked offensively throughout Christensen's tenure as the offensive coordinator, which followed a successful stint at Toledo. During his nine years as a Toledo assistant (the last four as the offensive coordinator), the Rockets set numerous school records on offense while winning one Mid-American Conference championship and two MAC West titles (tying for another).
Christensen's 24-year career as an assistant also included stints at Western Washington (1983), Eastern Washington (1986-87), Washington (1988-89, graduate assistant) and Idaho State (1990-91).
Christensen played offensive line at Washington from 1980-82.
Western Washington, 1985
Bachelor's in sociology
Eastern Washington, 1988
Master's in college instruction & sport science
Hometown: Everett, Wash.
Birthdate: Jan. 17, 1961
Family: Wife Susie. Children Katie, D.J. and Emily.