Christian Klipstein

Christian Klipstein joined the St. John's Lacrosse staff in August 2022.

Klipstein arrives after a three-year stint on the sidelines at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. In 2022, the Red Devils enjoyed their most decorated campaign in program history, as the Centennial Conference Champions finished 19-1 and took down eight nationally-ranked opponents along the way.

Under Klipstein's direction, the Dickinson defense proved stifling, allowing just six goals in the NCAA Tournament Second Round win over Stevens, 20-6. The Red Devils posted a program record 19 victories, climbed as high as no. 7 in the USILA national poll and reached the NCAA Tournament Third Round before falling to Gettysburg.

This past season the defensive coordinator's unit was led by defenseman Teddy Macfarlane. The senior was named a USILA Third-Team All-American and the Centennial Conference Player of the Year in 2022. The Baltimore, Md., native forced 23 turnovers and scooped 35 groundballs under Klipstein's guidance.

His first two seasons as an assistant were both shortened due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dickinson went a combined 6-6 in 2020-21.

In total, Klipstein mentored six USILA All-American's, 14 All-Centennial Conference selections, and the league's defensive player of the year and rookie of the year in 2022 while at Dickinson.

Prior to entering the coaching ranks, the New Jersey native was a two-time All-Patriot League selection (2018-19) at Bucknell. Throughout his career, Klipstein started all 58 possible games, tallying 593 saves and a cumulative goals allowed average of 9.65.

The netminder firmly stamped his name in the Bison lacrosse record books, finishing in the top-10 in program history in career saves (3rd), single-season saves (7th, 2019) and career goals against average (7th).

During his rookie campaign in 2016, the goaltender recorded a career-best 10 wins, including a 8-7 victory over then-no. 15/16 Army, where his new head coach was serving as an assistant for the Black Knights at the time. Later that year, Klipstein was named to the Patriot League All-Tournament Team, after allowing just 14 goals in two contests.

Klipstein graduated from Bucknell in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in psychology. He comes from a lacrosse family, his brother Ryan played at Bucknell and went onto become an assistant coach at Holy Cross, Penn and Williams College. His other brother, Reaves was a defenseman at Army from 2014-17.