|Position:||Director of Basketball Operations|
Chris Tifft comes to Saint Louis University after four years at TCU, including the previous two as an assistant coach. Tifft helped the Horned Frogs land their best recruiting class in history in 2013, a group rated by ESPN as the 34th best in the nation.
“We are excited to bring someone with Chris’ experience onto our staff,” Ford said when announcing Tifft's hire. “He has been a head coach and has experience at different levels. He knows what I’m going through on a day to day basis, and having him here to help me with the basketball operations is going to be crucial. Chris is going to be a great asset to our program.”
Tifft arrived at TCU from New Mexico Junior College, where as head coach he led the Thunderbirds to a 58-32 record and improvements in each of his three seasons (2009-2012). The Thunderbirds tied for second place in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference in 2011-12 with a 23-9 record while reaching the semifinal round of the NJCAA Region V tournament. The conference finish was the program's highest in nearly a decade. Tifft's first two NMJC squads posted respective records of 16-14 and 19-9 despite featuring a roster that included 15 new players in his inaugural campaign.
Prior to his time at NMJC, Tifft led Lamar Community College to a 100-62 record in five seasons (2004-2009). During his tenure, the Runnin' Lopes posted three consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time since 1969. Tifft was named the 2009 District 9 Coach of the Year after leading the program to its first ever regional championship and NJCAA National Tournament appearance. Lamar concluded the 2009 NJCAA National Tournament with a 3-1 record and Fifth-Place showing, while finishing the season with a 28-10 overall mark.
Prior to being named the head coach at Lamar, Tifft spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Dodge City Community College (2001-2004). He transitioned to junior college after five seasons at the University of Nevada, where he served on the staffs of both Pat Foster and Trent Johnson.
Tifft began his collegiate playing career at Columbia University before transferring to Three Rivers Community College. While at Three Rivers, Tifft played for the winningest coach in the history of college basketball, Gene Bess. His 1994 team played in the NJCAA National Championship game.
Tifft finished his playing career at the University of Nevada, and went on to earn his master’s degree in secondary education from Nevada in 1999. He is married to the former Heather Davis of Carson City, NV. The couple has one daughter, Kamryn.