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Former Demon Deacon All-American basketball player and ACC legend Randolph Childress is in his third season with the Wake Forest athletic department and his second season as a member of the basketball staff in 2013-14.
Childress was elevated to an assistant coach in April of 2013. He previously served as the program's Director of Player Development during the 2012-13 season.
Childress joined the basketball staff full-time in April of 2012 after serving in an administrative role within the athletic department since the previous August. Childress, who retired from professional basketball in 2011, was previously Assistant to the Athletic Director with roles in compliance, fundraising and student-athlete mentorship.
"My family and I are excited about this opportunity," Childress said when he was named Director of Player Development in 2012. "I love Wake Forest, and to have a chance to work with the basketball program on a daily basis is a dream come true. I look forward to helping build a program that Wake Forest fans and the Wake Forest community can be proud of. I'm ready to go to work."
Childress played an off-the-court mentorship role with the basketball student-athletes during the 2011-12 season before joining the basketball staff full-time.
"I'm excited to have Randolph move into an expanded role as one of my assistant coaches," said head coach Jeff Bzdelik in April of 2013. "Randolph is a tremendous representative of Wake Forest and has done a great job of mentoring our players over the past two seasons. I'm confident that his experience, personality and energy will be an asset to our staff both on the basketball court and in our recruiting efforts."
During his collegiate playing career, Childress spent five seasons with the Wake Forest basketball program from 1990-95. He earned All-American honors as a junior in 1994 and again as a senior in 1995. He earned ACC Tournament MVP honors in 1995 after leading the Deacons to their first conference title in 33 years.
Childress was honored as an ACC Tournament Legend during the 2012 conference tournament in Atlanta.
"We are thrilled to welcome Randolph Childress back to Wake Forest," said Director of Athletics Ron Wellman upon Childress' hiring in August of 2011. "He will be a great addition to our staff and serve as an outstanding role model for our student-athletes. Randolph is one of the most beloved figures in the history of Wake Forest athletics. I have no doubt he will be a tremendous asset to our department."
Childress is the school's all-time leader in 3-point field goals and ranks fifth in ACC history with 329 3-points field goals made. His 2,208 career points ranks second in Wake Forest history. Childress' No. 22 jersey is one of 10 numbers retired by the basketball program.
"It's incredible to be back. It's something I've dreamed about for quite some time," said Childress upon returning to Wake Forest in 2011. "I don't know how often people get the chance to come back. This is a second home for me. I was born and raised in the Washington, D.C., area, and the only other city I've lived in longer is Winston-Salem. I grew up here in some respects. It's been great to see familiar faces and people that I've been friends with for quite some time."
Childress suffered a serious knee injury that sidelined him for the entire 1991-92 season but came back to earn All-ACC honors in each of his final three seasons on campus, collecting first team honors in 1994 and 1995.
In 1995, he led the Deacons to their first ACC Tournament title since 1962, earning Tournament MVP honors after hitting the game-winning jumper with four seconds remaining in overtime. Childress ended the 1995 ACC Tournament with a combined 107 points scored, breaking the previous Tournament record which had stood for 38 seasons.
"I look forward to working with the athletic department staff and student-athletes," said Childress. "I don't consider it a job. It's just something I really enjoy doing, being a part of this university. It's a great opportunity for me to learn and to also share some of my experiences with the student-athletes. I can't put into words how excited I am. I feel very fortunate to be back here at Wake Forest."
The Clinton, Md., native played professionally for 16 seasons, including two seasons in the NBA with the Portland Trailblazers and the Detroit Pistons, who drafted Childress with the 19th overall pick in the 1995 NBA Draft.
Childress went overseas to continue his basketball career and played two seasons in Turkey and one in France before embarking on an extensive career in Italy that began in 2000. He played for various teams in the Italian league, most recently for San Severo in 2010-11.
"The hiring of Randolph Childress is an absolute grand slam for Wake Forest," said Bzdelik in August 2011. "His honors and achievements are well-documented, but what is most important is the positive impact he will have in mentoring our impressionable student-athletes. Randolph will also aid greatly as we make a concerted effort to reach out to our basketball alumni. Randolph Childress defines class."
Childress graduated from Wake Forest in 1995 with a degree in communication. He and wife, Jen-Ai, have two sons, Brandon (15) and Deven (13).