Jeff Christy was named a volunteer assistant coach at Nebraska during the summer of 2011. Christy returned to Lincoln after spending five years playing in the professional ranks and one season as the volunteer assistant at Wichita State University.
During his third season with the Huskers in 2014 Christy's catchers aided a NU pitching staff that posted a 3.50 ERA. It was the lowest ERA by the Huskers since 2006, when NU posted a 3.40 team ERA. Nebraska's catchers were nearly flawless behind the plate, allowing just nine passed balls in 62 games.
In 2013, Christy developed three catchers who had never played a game at Nebraska. As a unit, the trio threw out 35 perfect of would-be base stealers.
Tanner Lubach started 46 of NU's 59 games behind the plate in 2013, where he committed just two errors. He also ranked fifth on the team with 27 RBIs.
In his first year with the Huskers, Christy helped senior catcher Cory Burleson become one of the best defensive catchers in the Big Ten Conference. After throwing out 14-of-40 base runners in 2011, Burleson threw out 20 runners, while giving up just 18 steals in 2012.
Christy also assists in the Huskers’ small ball attack. In 2012, Nebraska laid down 47 sacrifice bunts on the year, but more importantly, the Huskers produced 39 bunt hits. During the 2011 season, Nebraska totaled just 16 bunt hits.
A native of Lincoln, Neb., Christy was selected in the sixth round of the 2006 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins, the highest selection for a Husker catcher since 1985. Also a 2002 MLB Draft pick out of Lincoln Southeast High School, Christy was a two-year starter for Nebraska and helped lead NU to the 2005 College World Series.
In 2011, Christy began his coaching career by assisting Wichita State Head Coach Gene Stephenson, as the Shockers went 39-26 and reached the championship game of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.
While at Nebraska, Christy caught a school-record 64 games as a junior in 2005, hitting .236 with 32 RBIs, while throwing out 45 percent of opposing runners, including 8-of-11 runners in the postseason. An honorable-mention All-Big 12 pick in 2006, Christy hit .284 with eight homers and 32 RBIs, while leading the Huskers to 42 wins and a No. 6 national seed.
Prior to his Husker career, Christy played at Barton County Community College and was a first-team All-Jayhawk League selection in 2004 and an honorable-mention pick in 2003.
After being drafted by the Twins in 2006, Christy reached Triple-A Rochester in 2008 and 2009. He spent the 2010 season with the Wichita Wingnuts of the American Association and was named an All-Star while hitting .289 with 40 runs, 82 hits, 12 doubles, one triple, one home run and 39 RBIs.
Christy earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska in 2007. He and his wife Michelle were married in November of 2007. They welcomed a daughter, Quinn, in August 2013.