Childs, a native of Baltimore, Md., with previous ties to Rome, comes to Shorter from NCAA Division I Mercer University, where he spent two seasons as head coach after starting the state of Georgia’s first Division I lacrosse program in 2009. Childs will replace former head coach Nathan Young, who led the Hawks in their first two seasons as a program.
“Jason’s hiring is the first since Chad Warner assumed the role of Senior Associate Athletic Director and we could not be more pleased,” said Peterson. “Chad has done a wonderful job in creating interest in Shorter from some of the best lacrosse coaching talent in the country. From that group of really fine coaches, Jason’s name rose to the top. He is certainly special.”
“I am so excited to be named the head men’s lacrosse coach at Shorter University,” said Childs. “I want to thank Dr. Dowless, Bill Peterson and Chad Warner for giving me the opportunity to return to Rome and I cannot wait to get started building relationships with both current and prospective student-athletes.
Childs brings a proven track record to the Hawks’ lacrosse program, which will enter its third year as a program in 2012-13.
He became Mercer’s first head coach for men’s lacrosse in September 2009 and led Mercer onto the field of competition for the first time in spring of 2011. Over his two seasons with Mercer, Childs built a reputation as a hard worker that worked to engage the community while building a successful program on the field.
Prior to his time at Mercer, Childs started the men’s lacrosse program at Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C. He began his tenure with Presbyterian in 2006 and coached for three seasons, guiding the Blue Hose men’s lacrosse program’s transition from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I status.
Prior to that, he was an assistant at Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C., where he was an instrumental part of the Saints highly successful program. During his two seasons, 2003 and 2004, Limestone went 24-2, winning the Deep South Conference title in 2004 and finishing second in the nation at the NCAA Division II Championships in both 2003 and 2004.
He is also to Rome and Floyd County, having spent several years coaching on the prep level in Northwest Georgia.
Before joining the college coaching ranks, Childs was the offensive coordinator for the lacrosse team at the Darlington School from 2001-03. He was also an assistant basketball coach with the Tigers, as well as middle school football coach.
He was a four-year starter and two-year team captain as an attackman and midfielder at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Penn. He twice served as team captain of the Red Devils and earning the program’s “Unsung Hero Award.” He set a school and Centennial Conference record for assists in a game with 11, while also posting the second-best single-game scoring performance of 12 points (11 assists/1 goal), on March 22, 2000 versus Susquehanna University.
Childs left Dickinson ranking fourth in career assists (64) and eighth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 108 points (44 goals/64 assists).
He prepped at the St. Paul School for Boys in Baltimore, Md., where he was a three-sport athlete, competing in lacrosse, soccer and basketball.
He is married to the former Mary Foss of Rome, Ga. The couple has three children, Elizabeth Ann, Jackson and Katy.
Shorter’s men’s lacrosse program opened its first season of competition in 2011. Under Young, the Hawks went 15-12 in their first two years, including an 8-9 campaign last season.