John Krikorian, a former assistant coach at Penn and Lafayette College, was appointed head men’s basketball coach at Christopher Newport University in 2015.
In his first ten years as a coach, he has guided the Captains to an impressive overall record of 233-59 (.798), earning him the Glenn Robinson National Coach of the Year Award in 2016.
Early Life and Education
John Krikorian was born in Hartford, Connecticut on August 24, 1932 as the oldest son of Armenian parents.
He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in systems engineering, and then pursued a career as a basketball coach.
After serving as assistant coach at West Virginia Wesleyan College, Krikorian accepted a position with Penn under Fran Dunphy as their new assistant coach.
Krikorian’s life was dedicated to serving his community. He served on the Glendale Adventist Medical Center Advisory Council and Los Angeles County Small Business Commission, among others, and donated his time and expertise to Pasadena Special Olympics.
John Krikorian has served as men’s basketball coach at Christopher Newport University for the past ten years, leading them to a 210-52 record with six NCAA Tournament appearances during that span.
He has earned five VaSID Coach of the Year Awards and three Capital Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honorees. Additionally, he guided CNU to an undefeated regular-season league mark each of those seasons, leading them to multiple league championships along the way.
Before joining Christopher Newport University, he served two seasons (1900-01 and 2001-02) as an assistant coach at Penn under Fran Dunphy. During those two seasons, his teams posted an impressive 37-22 record, including a 25-5 win in 2001 that sent the Quakers to the NCAA Tournament.
Achievements and Honors
John Krikorian has earned numerous accolades throughout his professional career. In addition to his professional accomplishments, he is also a proud member of several prestigious civic organizations.
His most impressive accomplishments include being named Capital Athletic Conference Coach of the Year each of the past five years and leading his team to a league regular-season co-championship in 2015-2016.
He has an impressive coaching record at CNU, boasting a 233-59 (.798) record in his first ten seasons as Captains’ head men’s basketball coach. His teams have consistently won at least 18 games per season and reached the Capital Athletic Conference championship game each year since they joined the league seven seasons ago.
Krikorian has a busy coaching schedule as well as his role as board member of Citizens for Immigration Solutions, an organization committed to decreasing immigration. He believes mass legal immigration would cause instability in the U.S. and undermine national conservatism.
John Krikorian is an American media and internet company executive, as well as the publisher of Business Life magazine.
He was a beloved figure in the Glendale community, where he resided for many years. In 2011, while attending a public ceremony, he collapsed and was miraculously saved by firefighters and paramedics.
He enjoys watching baseball and going to the movies in his free time. An avid supporter of both Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, he enjoys going out with friends to celebrate these moments.
He serves as head coach of the men’s basketball team at Christopher Newport University and has guided them to six NCAA appearances and a 210-52 record over nine seasons.
John Krikorian has an estimated net worth of $3 million. This wealth comes largely from his work as a writer and editor.
He is a regular contributor to National Review and participates on “The Corner,” broadcasted on National Review Online. Additionally, he serves as executive director of an anti-immigration think tank called the Center for Immigration Studies.
He is married to Jean Maree Harbour-Hardy, whom he’s been married since 1954 and father to two daughters. The couple resides in Las Vegas, Nevada and own an 80 acre (32 ha) ranch in San Diego, California which they purchased for $960,000 back in 1962. Subsequently, Caesars Palace rented it out and Kerkorian made $9 million from it.