“I had an idea I would,” Christiansen said of stepping down after CdM lost a five-game thriller on Nov. 20 that included a 38-36 Game 3 at Cathedral Catholic of San Diego in the opening round of the CIF State Division III Southern California Regional playoffs.
“[Game 3] might be the longest [game] in [girls’] volleyball state playoff history. That was one of the greatest games to watch as a spectator. During the heat of the battle I was just focusing on us getting through. It was hard afterward.”
The Sea Kings missed reaching the state quarterfinals, where they would’ve played Laguna Beach, Christiansen’s alma mater and the school that gave him his first varsity coaching job.
Now Christiansen, who posted a 134-65 record and won four league championships at CdM, said he will referee high school matches and continue working with the Laguna Beach Volleyball Club team.
Christiansen leaves a young and promising CdM program, which finished 18-12 and won the Pacific Coast League title for the second straight year as it went 7-0. Athletic Director Paul Orris said CdM will miss Christiansen, a walk-on coach. Orris added there are no candidates for the job that will garner a lot interest since it is in a volleyball hotbed.
CdM boys’ coach Steve Conti, a former successful CdM girls’ coach, said he might be interested in the position, but he’s not sure if he has the time as he’s pursuing his master’s degree in administration.
Conti, who has won four section titles with the boys since 1995, led the girls to a section championship in 1997 with Christiansen as an assistant. Christiansen took over the girls in 2001.