Elizabethtown College Online Magazine

Rob Christ ’86 Honored for Winning Season

Building character and instilling an unmatched work ethic is a philosophy that’s served Robert Christ ’86 well, on and off the field.

This past spring, Christ led the the Voorhees, N.J. Eastern High School Vikings to a 29-4 record and their first state championship. Eastern earned the No. 1 ranking in the Philadelphia Inquirer South Jersey Top 10 and was tabbed second in the state by the Newark Star-Ledger. Eastern had been picked to finish last in its conference; the unforeseen results landed Christ Star-Ledger State Coach of the Year.

Christ played three seasons of baseball at Elizabethtown, serving the Blue Jays as a pitcher, infielder and outfielder. He also was a member of the College’s wrestling team.

After graduating with a degree in communications, Christ took a marketing position with the Pittsburgh Pirates and, later, served as the play-by-play announcer and director of marketing for the Prince William Cannons, an Class-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. Though he’s found a permanent home in teaching and coaching, he still finds time to handle play-by-play and hosting duties for Comcast of Gloucester County.

Christ attended Rowan University for his master’s degree and has taught at Eastern since 2002.

“The greatest accomplishments don’t come in the form of wins and losses; they come in the form of students and players coming back and talking to me about the value of hard work paying off and their growth as a person,” said Christ. “There is no greater compliment.”