Feb. 14, 2006
A.J. Christoff, a familiar name at Stanford, is returning to the Farm for his third tour of duty as a member of the Cardinal's coaching staff. Christoff, who spent last season as the secondary coach of the San Francisco 49ers, today was named Stanford's defensive coordinator and secondary coach, head coach Walt Harris announced.
Christoff was Stanford's defensive coordinator in 1983 under Paul Wiggin and returned to the Farm in 2003 as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach under Buddy Teevens. Christoff spent the 2005 season working under 49er head coach Mike Nolan.
"A.J. brings with him tremendous experience and knowledge of defensive football both at the collegiate and NFL levels," said Harris. "He is also familiar with Stanford University, is a veteran of the Pac-10 and is a great fit for our program. We're very fortuante to have A.J. join our staff,"
Christoff has previously coached at 10 other universities around the country, including stops at Pac-10 schools UCLA, USC and Oregon. He has been a defensive coordinator for 17 seasons at six schools, including Idaho, Oregon, Stanford, Notre Dame, Colorado and Cincinnati.
Christoff's teams have appeared in 11 bowl games in the last 21 seasons. He has been on the coaching staff at five different universities that have advanced to bowl games, including Notre Dame, Alabama, UCLA, Colorado and Cincinnati.
Christoff was the defensive coordinator at the University of Cincinnati in 2001 and `02. His defensive 2002 unit ranked 21st in the nation in total defense and 20th in pass efficiency as Cincinnati went on to win the Conference USA championship. He helped the Bearcats to consecutive bowl games during his two seasons: the 2001 Motor City Bowl and the 2002 New Orleans Bowl.
Christoff graduated from the University of Idaho and coached at the University of New Mexico as the secondary coach. After one season at UNM, he went to his alma mater to become assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for three years.
He spent six seasons on the coaching staff at Oregon,the first two coaching outside linebackers and the last four as the defensive coordinator. From there, he became the defensive coordinator at Stanford under Wiggin.
Christoff spent two seasons in South Bend as the defensive coordinator at Notre Dame. He helped the Irish advance to the 1984 Aloha Bowl. After one season as the secondary coach at Georgia Tech, Christoff went on the University of Alabama as the secondary coach, where he helped the Crimson Tide to three bowl games in his three seasons. The Tide played in the Hall of Fame, Sun and Sugar Bowls during Christoff's three seasons.
In five years at UCLA as the Bruins secondary coach, Christoff coached some of the top defensive backs in school history. His teams advanced to two bowl games, including winning the Pac-10 championship and playing Wisconsin in the 1994 Rose Bowl.
Christoff was the defensive coordinator at Colorado from 1995-98. His 1998 defense ranked 11th in the nation in total defense, 4th in pass efficiency defense and 1st in fewest touchdown passes allowed. The Buffaloes went to three bowl games during Christoff's tenure. After spending the 2000 season as the linebackers coach at USC, Christoff went to Cincinnati as the defensive coordinator.
A native of Ritzville, Washington, Christoff earned a B.S. degree in biology from the University of Idaho and a Master's degree in health education from Oregon State. He and his wife, Susan, have two children: Rob, who is the defensive coordinator at Montana State University, and Andrea, a doctor who lives in Sydney, Australia.