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Childs named HU track and field coach

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. – Huntington University Athletic Director Lori Culler is pleased to announce that Joel Childs has been appointed the next head coach of the Forester track and field program. Coach Childs will take his post this summer to begin preparations for the 2017 track and field season.

No stranger to campus, Childs spent four years under Coach Tom King as an assistant coach for both the cross country and track and field programs from 2009-2013.

During his time as a Forester assistant, the cross country program won two conference titles, had 14 all-conference runners, and two individuals and two teams qualify for NAIA Nationals. The Huntington track team had 16 NAIA national qualifiers and ten all-conference honorees.

Prior to his return to HU, Childs spent three years as the head cross country and track and field coach at Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky.

During his three-year stint, he coached 24 conference champions, over 50 all-conference finishers and four NAIA national qualifiers which included the school’s first female qualifier two NAIA All-America honorees. His athletes also set 54 school records.

In his final track season at Union, Childs was voted the 2016 Appalachian Athletic Conference Coach of the Year after leading the men's program to a second place finish and the women’s program to a first place finish in their conference meet after both finished last the year before he took over the reins in 2013.

“We're very pleased to welcome Coach Childs back to the Huntington University community and to our coaching staff,” said HU athletic director Lori Culler. “Having served as an assistant under Coach King for four years, he already has a working knowledge of HU which will aid him in making a quick transition to his new role.  

“As the head track & field coach at Union College, Coach Childs experienced success with recruiting and developing athletes, so we're excited to see where his leadership, energy and love of the sport will lead. The future of our track program looks bright!”

Childs holds a USATF Level 2 sprints, hurdles, relays and combined events certification in addition to being certified as a USTFCCCA jumps specialist.

A 2008 graduate of Anderson University, Childs earned a BS in Information Systems and was a four-year member of the cross country and track & field teams. Childs and his wife Brittany reside in Huntington, Ind.

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 38 NAIA All-America honors and 254 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.