After coaching on the collegiate and NFL levels, Michael Christianson joined the Nebraska staff in 2004 and continues to serve as Nebraska’s administrative assistant for computer and video technology.
Christianson oversees the daily operation of the football program’s technology areas, including all operations involving video, computer and electronics. In addition, he plays a lead role in developing the technology that will be utilized in the Tom and Nancy Osborne Athletic Complex, scheduled to open in 2006, and assists in other football administrative duties as assigned.
Christianson came to Nebraska from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he was the assistant offensive line coach on Coach Jon Gruden’s staff. Christianson was a member of the Bucs’ coaching staff that guided the organization to a Super Bowl title in 2002.
Before coaching with Tampa Bay, Christianson developed a diverse background in football, both as a coach and a leader in technology within the game. In 2001 and 2002, he was the Director of Product Marketing/NFL Account Manager for XOS Technologies, designing digitized video applications for coaching and teaching. Christianson was responsible for designing the current video system that both the Nebraska football and basketball programs utilize. He also spent time at Avid Sports, where he was a National Field Engineer, designing and installing curriculum to train video coordinators and coaches.
In addition to his coaching experience with Tampa Bay, Christianson coached tight ends and was the recruiting coordinator at Division I-AA Montana State (2000-01); tutored the running backs at Portland State from 1995 to 1999; coached tight ends, running backs and was the recruiting coordinator at Lewis & Clark College in Portland (1995); and coached tight ends and offensive line at Western Oregon University from 1992 to 1995.
Christianson began his college playing career at Portland State, where he was a member of the varsity squad in 1988. He transferred to Western Oregon in 1989 and played for the school from 1989 to 1991, lining up at tight end the first two seasons, before moving to tackle as a senior. Christianson earned NAIA Academic All-America honors as a senior and graduated from Western Oregon in 1992. He earned a master’s degree in secondary education with an emphasis in administration and computer applications from Western Oregon in 1995.
Christianson and his wife, Tracy, have two sons, Taylor and Cameron.