Jeff Christian was named as the 16th head coach in team history on July 12th, after serving as the club's assistant coach for the second half of the 2015-16 season. During Wheeling's run to the 2016 Kelly Cup Final, Christian took over the reigns for the final three rounds of the postseason, guiding the squad to series victories over Reading and South Carolina.
Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Jeff played professional hockey in North America and Europe for 21 seasons, spending the majority of his time in the American Hockey League, International Hockey League, and Central Hockey League. Jeff's journey toward the pros began in the Ontario Hockey League, where he played three seasons with the London Knights and Owen Sound Platers. Following his 17-year old year, he was selected in the second round (23rd overall) of the 1988 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils. He made his professional debut with the Utica Devils in 1990-91, appearing in all 80 regular season games. One year later, the Burlington, Ontario native made his National Hockey League debut with New Jersey. Christian suited up for three different NHL teams in his career, including the Pittsburgh Penguins, with whom he scored twice.
Throughout his career, Christian made a habit of filling up the stat sheet, as his North American numbers totaled 456 goals, 645 assists, 1,101 points, and 2,489 penalty minutes in 1,072 games. His most productive seasons came with Youngstown in the CHL, when he lit the lamp a career-high 55 times in 2005-06, before racking up 116 points the following year. Jeff's highest penalty minute total came in 1996-97, when he amassed 275 between the Cleveland Lumberjacks (IHL) and Pittsburgh Penguins.
Jeff resides in Wheeling and has a daughter, Tyler.