John Krikorian has been the men’s basketball coach at Christopher Newport University since June of 2010. He is just the fourth head coach in the program’s 53-year history, and has led the Captains to amazing success, including its first two Final Four appearances. His squad advanced to the 2015-2016 Final Four in Salem, Va., as well as the 2018-2019 Final Four in Fort Wayne, IN. He has now guided the Captains to the NCAA Tournament a total of six times, including the last four seasons. Krikorian’s coaching resume includes six seasons as an NCAA Division I assistant and 13 as a Division III head coach. His overall head coaching record is 275-95 (.743)
Krikorian’s journey to CNU began with a passion for basketball from an early age, and a tremendous work ethic on the court as an athlete and in the classroom as a student. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering in 1996 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played on the junior varsity basketball team.
Following his college
days, Krikorian spent two years in the business world working for Princeton
Consultants, an information management company in Princeton, New Jersey. In 1998, Krikorian returned to his passion and
accepted the position of graduate assistant basketball coach at West Virginia
Wesleyan College. After one season at West Virginia Wesleyan, “Coach K” made
his first stop at the Merchant Marine Academy as an assistant coach under Billy
Lange during the 1999-2000 season. After a season there, he returned to his
alma mater for two seasons, working as an assistant at Penn under Fran Dunphy.
Krikorian then accepted an assistant position at another Division I program, Lafayette College in Easton, PA. There he assisted Fran O’Hanlon from 2002-2004. His journey then took him to Annapolis, MD, where he spent two years as an assistant at the United States Naval Academy (2004-2006)…re-uniting with head coach Billy Lange. His time at Navy came to an end when he was named the head coach at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in 2006, beginning his head coaching career with an amazing four-year transformation of the Mariners before becoming the head coach at CNU.
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