Athletic Department

Athletic Department: Jeff Childress

Jeff Childress

Associate AD/Director of Athletic Development
E-mail: jchildre@catawba.edu
Office Phone: (704) 637-4265


Jeff Childress was promoted to Associate Athletic Director for Athletic Development and Director of the Catawba Chiefs Club in May of 2017.  Childress had been serving as an Assistant Athletic Director and the Head Coach for Men's and Women's Tennis since his return to Catawba in 2004.  In his 1st year over the Catawba Chiefs Club, the membership went from 240 to over 500 members.

During his tenure, Childress guided the men to 274 wins and the women to 169 victories.  Childress previously coached men’s tennis at Catawba from 1991-98 as well as the cross-country teams, intramural program, and NCAA Compliance. During those seven years, Catawba compiled a 78-70 record and earned two trips to the NCAA II regional tournaments, hosting the event in 1996. He took over a depleted squad and after two rebuilding seasons, Catawba posted a 70-40 record over the final five years, including a 26-5 mark in 1998.

Childress left Catawba in 1998 to become the Director of Athletics at Pfeiffer University, where he served in that capacity through 2003. In 2003-04, he served as men’s tennis coach , Assistant Athletic Director, and Sports Information Director.

Childress played tennis ad ran cross-country for four years at Pfeiffer University from 1985-1989. He served as the graduate assistant for the men and women’s tennis teams at East Carolina University from 1990-1991. Childress received his MA.Ed from East Carolina in 1995.

In December of 2003, Childress was awarded the USTA’s Southern Section Community Service Award. Childress is a USTPA certified teaching tennis professional.

Childress has served as the South Atlantic Committee Chair for men’s tennis, on the NCAA II East Regional committee, as the CVAC Athletic Director liaison for men and women’s tennis and as the Catawba College Tennis Camp Director. In recent years, Childress has won both the Rowan County and Stanly County singles titles and is a lifetime member of the USTA. Childress has completed two marathons and also enjoys  golf, and biking.

Childress is married to Dr. Donna Childress MD.  They have two sons, Michael, who is a freshman on the University of Richmond golf team, and Ben who is a freshman at The Cannon School,  and a daughter, Lauren. The Childress family resides in Salisbury. 

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