Childress named Vikings' top assistant

WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM Jennifer Childress
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Jennifer Childress
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April 20, 2006

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Jennifer Childress, who starred in three sports at Sehome High School and directed the Meridian High School girls basketball team to three straight state tournament appearances, has been named the top assistant women's basketball coach at Western Washington University. Making that announcement was Vikings' head coach Carmen Dolfo.

Childress, 37, has been an assistant at Cal State San Bernardino the past four seasons, being the Coyotes' top aide the past two years. She replaces Sara Nichols, who resigned last month after six years in that position.

Childress, who officially begins her duties May 11, was a part-time assistant at Western during the 2001-02 season, the last during her seven-year tenure as a teacher of physical education and health at Meridian High School. The Vikings posted a 24-5 record, winning the Great Northwest Athletic Conference title and reaching the West Regional final.

"I am thrilled to have Jen back in our program," Dolfo said. "She has done an amazing job at Cal State San Bernardino and I'm excited about the input she will have in all facets of the program."

At Meridian, Childress coached girls basketball for six years, directing the Trojans to three straight trips to the Class 2A state tourney, including a district title and championship game appearance in 2000. She was named North Cascades Conference Coach of the Year in 1999 and the Northwest Bi-District Tournament Coach of the Year in 1998 and 2000.

"I'm excited to be a part of such a successful program," said Childress. "Working with Carmen is going to be awesome because I respect her in so many ways."

Childress, who also was an assistant coach for three years at Lynden High School, completed her master's degree in education from City University (Bellevue) in 2001 and obtained her bachelor's degree in physical education at George Fox University (Newberg, OR) in 1992.

She started two years in basketball and softball at George Fox. As a senior, Childress was the team captain in basketball and earned first-team Northwest Conference all-star honors in softball. She also was first-team all-region as a sophomore in both basketball and softball at Wenatchee Valley CC.

A 1987 graduate of Sehome High School, Childress was a three-year starter and first-team all-league choice in basketball as a senior on a team that was runner-up at the Class AAA state tournament. She twice earned all-league recognition in softball and volleyball.

Western was 27-2 last season, winning the GNAC title with a perfect 18-0 record, having a school-record 21-game winning streak and reaching the semifinal round at regionals.

Jennifer Childress - Assistant Coach

In first year as full-time assistant at Western ... Assistant at Cal State San Bernardino the past four years, being Coyotes' top assistant the past two seasons ... Previously was part-time assistant at WWU during the 2001-02 season, the Vikings winning the Great Northwest Athletic Conference championship and reaching the NCAA Division II West Regional title game ... Taught physical education and health for seven years at Meridian High School ... Coached basketball there for six years, the Trojans making three straight state appearances, winning a district title and reaching championship game of Class 2A state tournament in 2000 ... Posted winning records last five seasons ... North Cascades Conference Coach of the Year in 1999 ... Northwest Bi-District Tournament Coach of the Year in 1998 and 2000 ... Assistant coach for three years at Lynden High School, the Lions going to state one year ... Completed master's degree in education from City University (Bellevue) in 2001 ... Obtained bachelor's degree in physical education at George Fox University (Newberg, OR) in 1992, being graduate assistant in basketball for one season ... Started two years in basketball, being team captain as senior ... Also shortstop in fastpitch for two seasons, being first-team Northwest Conference all-star as senior ... First-team all-region as sophomore in both basketball and fastpitch at Wenatchee Valley CC ... Art Fiero Scholar Athlete award winner ... Graduated from Sehome High School in 1987 ... Three-year starter and first-team all-league in basketball as senior on team that was runner-up at Class AAA state tournament ... Twice all-league in softball and volleyball ... 37 years old.