Athletics Hall of Fame
Ken Christianson

Ken Christianson

SPORT(S) Basketball, Football
Before Ken began his college career at Bemidji State University, he served two years in the United States Army Air Corps from 1943-1945.  After completing his service, Ken attended BSU majoring in physical education and social studies, graduating in1950.  While a student at the university, Ken was a four year letter winner for men's basketball.  As a Beaver, Ken was named an All-Conference selection in 1948, 1949, and 1950.  Aside from his stellar basketball career, Ken also participated in football until a clip from behind put him out for the season and ended his shift in college football.  Following his college career Ken became a teacher and a coach.  He began head coaching at Hallock high school where he brought the school recognition by garnering conference championship titles for baseball, football and a second place finish for basketball from 1950 to 1951.  Following his two years at Hallock, Ken took a position at Blackduck High School, where he spent the remainder of his professional career.  With Ken as head coach, the Blackduck boy's basketball team harvested conference championships from 1953-1955 then again from 1958-1961.  Ken also served as head track coach for one year and had two state qualifiers.  In 1962, Ken took over as the Athletic Director for Blackduck, a position he held until 1970.  In Addition to his already accomplished professional career, Ken was the Chairman of District 29 Conference Committee and a Member of the All-State Selection Committee.  Ken and his wife, Marion '52 & '71, live in Bemidji and have three grown children, Mark, Kent and Suzy, and three grandchildren.