Christianson will oversee the daily operation of the football program's technology areas, including all operations involving video, computer and electronics. In addition, he will play a lead role in developing the technology that will be utilized in the Tom and Nancy Osborne Athletic Complex, scheduled to open in 2006, and will assist in other football administrative duties as assigned.
"Mike brings an element of expertise in every aspect of technology," Callahan said. "This begins with his overall knowledge and expertise off the field in terms of video, digital and computer technology. He is on the cutting edge of every technical scouting program that exists in the National Football League as well as in college football."
Christianson said joining Callahan's staff provides him with an outstanding opportunity to further advance his career in football.
"I've been looking for an opportunity to work with Coach Callahan for some time," Christianson said. "I have known and respected him and the opportunity to learn and work with him and the outstanding staff he has assembled is very exciting."
Christianson comes to Nebraska from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he was a member of the coaching staff that guided the organization to a Super Bowl title in 2002. He was an assistant offensive line coach on Coach Jon Gruden's staff, with on-field coaching responsibilities as well as serving as the quality control coach.
Before coaching with Tampa Bay, Christianson developed a diverse background in football, both as a coach and a leader in the technological support of the game. In 2001 and 2002, he was the Director of Product Marketing/NFL Account Manager for XOS Technologies in Orlando, where he designed digitized video applications for coaching and teaching. He also spent time at Avid Sports, where he was a National Field Engineer, designing and installing curriculum to train video coordinators and coaches.
In addition to his coaching experience with Tampa Bay, Christianson coached at four different schools in the Northwest part of the country. He coached tight ends and was the recruiting coordinator at Division I-AA Montana State (2000-01), tutored the running backs at Portland State from 1996 to 1999; coached tight ends, running backs and was the recruiting coordinator at Lewis & Clark College in Portland (1995-96) and coached tight ends and was the recruiting coordinator at Western Oregon University from 1992 to 1995.
Christianson began his college playing career at Portland State where he was a member of the varsity squad in 1988. He transferred to Western Oregon in 1989 and played for the school from 1989 to 1991, lining up at tight end the first two seasons, before moving to tackle as a senior. Christianson earned NAIA Academic All-America honors as a senior and graduated from Western Oregon in 1992. He earned a master's in secondary education with an emphasis in administration and computer applications from Western Oregon in 1995.
Christianson and his wife, Tracy, have two sons, Taylor (10) and Cameron (4).