|Born||May 10, 1898|
|Died||October 21, 1979 (aged 81)|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1934–1949||Connecticut State / Connecticut|
|1935–1936||Connecticut State (interim HC)|
|1936–1961||Connecticut State / Connecticut|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|1966–1971||Yankee Conf. (commissioner)|
|Head coaching record|
Joseph Orlean Christian (May 10, 1898 – October 21, 1979) was an American football, basketball, and baseball coach and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at the University of Connecticut from 1934 to 1949 and as the head baseball coach there from 1936 to 1961. Christian was also the school's athletic director from 1950 to 1966 and filled in as interim head basketball coach during the 1935–36 season. He served as the first commissioner of the Yankee Conference, from 1966 to 1971. Christian died on October 21, 1979 at the age of 81 in a convalescent home in Willimantic, Connecticut. The University of Connecticut's home baseball field, J. O. Christian Field, is named in his honor. Christian's 66 wins as head football coach at Connecticut were the most in program history until Randy Edsall surpassed him in 2010.
Head coaching record
|Connecticut State / Connecticut Huskies (New England Conference) (1934–1946)|
|1943||No team—World War II|
|Connecticut Huskies (Yankee Conference) (1947–1949)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title or championship game berth|
|Connecticut State Huskies (New England Conference) (1935–1936)|
|Connecticut State:||3–10 (.231)||0–3 (.000)|
The following table depicts Christian's record as head baseball coach at Connecticut.
|Connecticut State / Connecticut Huskies (1936–1961)|
|1957||Connecticut||14–10||5–5||College World Series|
|1959||Connecticut||20–3||10–0||1st||College World Series|
- "J.Orlean Christian, Ex-Head of Athletics At U. of Connecticut" (PDF). The New York Times. United Press International. October 23, 1979. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
- 2012 Baseball Media Guide. uconnhuskies.com. pp. 63–64. Retrieved January 6, 2013.