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Football Coaching Staff
A.J. Christoff
Defensive Coordinator
Coach Info:
Position: Defensive Coordinator
Alma Mater: Idaho
Phone: 540-464-7520
A.J. Christoff enters his fourth season at the Institute with an impressive coaching career that includes stops as a defensive assistant at some of the top college programs in the nation.

He has coached at 11 universities around the country and was defensive coordinator for over 20 years, including stops at Idaho, Oregon, Stanford, Notre Dame, Colorado, and Cincinnati.

Christoff will once again handle defensive coordinator responsibilities for the Keydets and will also work closely with and supervise the secondary. Christoff has coached on teams that have appeared in a combined 11 bowl games at Notre Dame, Alabama, UCLA, Colorado, and Cincinnati.

In two seasons as defensive coordinator at Cincinnati (2001-02), the Bearcats earned trips to the 2001 Motor City Bowl and 2002 New Orleans Bowl.

Christoff has coached on conference championship teams in four different conferences, the Pac-10 (UCLA, 1994), SEC (Alabama, 1989), and Conference USA (Cincinnati, 2002), and Big Sky (Idaho).

Christoff also served as assistant coach in the NFL ranks coaching the San Francisco 49ers secondary in 2005 between stints at Stanford.

A native of Ritzville, Wash., Christoff earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Idaho and a Masters Degree in health education from Oregon State. He and his wife, Susan, have two children, Rob, who serves as linebackers coach at Idaho, and Andrea, a pediatrician.