Former Demon Deacon All-American basketball player and ACC legend Randolph Childress is in his seventh season with the Wake Forest athletic department and his sixth season as a member of the basketball staff in 2017-18. He is in his second season as associate head coach after spending three seasons as an assistant coach.
Childress began his tenure on the Demon Deacon basketball staff in 2012-13 as the program’s Director of Player Development. After one season, he was elevated to an assistant coach, a position he held for three seasons before his promotion to associate head coach prior to the the 2016-17 season.
In Childress’ first season as associate head coach, the Demon Deacons posted a 19-14 overall record and made its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2010. The team, featuring All-American and eventual NBA first round pick John Collins, ranked in the top 10 nationally in offensive efficiency. Wake Forest set school records with 268 3-pointers and 77.8 percent from the free throw line as the Deacs averaged 82.8 points per game.
Childress joined the basketball staff full-time after serving in an administrative role within the athletic department for one year. Childress, who retired from professional basketball in 2011, was previously Assistant to the Athletic Director with roles in compliance, fundraising and student-athlete mentorship. He played an off-the-court mentorship role with the basketball student-athletes during the 2011-12 season before joining the basketball staff full-time.
Childress was an All-American for the Deacons in 1995.
One of the most iconic players in Demon Deacon history, Childress had a standout career at Wake Forest from 1990-95. He earned All-American honors as a junior in 1994 and again as a senior in 1995. In 1995, Childress was named ACC Tournament MVP after leading the Deacons to their first conference title in 33 years.
Childress is the school’s all-time leader in 3-point field goals and ranks sixth in ACC history with 329 3-point field goals made. His 2,208 career points rank second in Wake Forest history and his No. 22 jersey hangs in the rafters of the LJVM Coliseum as one of 11 numbers retired by the basketball program.
After a freshman season where he twice earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors, Childress suffered a serious knee injury that sidelined him for the entire 1991-92 season. He 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 against North Carolina 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.
Childress was the 19th overall selection in the 1995 NBA Draft.
Childress was inducted into the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 and was honored as an ACC Tournament Legend during the 2012 conference tournament in Atlanta.
The Washington, D.C. native played professionally for 16 seasons, including two seasons in the NBA with the Portland Trailblazers and the Detroit Pistons. He was selected in first round of the 1995 NBA Draft by Detroit with the 19th overall selection.
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, concluding his career with San Severo in 2010-11.
Childress graduated from Wake Forest in 1995 with a degree in communication. He has two sons, Brandon (a current sophomore on the Demon Deacon basketball team) and Deven.
The Randolph Childress File
Wake Forest University, 1995
B.A. in Communication
Sons Brandon and Deven
Professional Playing Background
Played professionally for 11 seasons in six different countries.
Played 16 seasons professionally, including two in the NBA with the Portland Trailblazers and the Detroit Pistons.
Selected by Detroit with the No. 19 pick in the 1995 NBA Draft.
Played two seasons overseas in Turkey and one in France before embarking on an extensive career in Italy that began in 2000.
Played for various teams in the Italian league, most recently for San Severo in 2010-11.
College Playing Background
Wake Forest University, 1991-95
Played at Wake Forest under head coach Dave Odom.
Named to the WFU Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.
School's all-time leader in 3-point field goals (329), ranking fifth in ACC history.
His 2,208 career points ranks second in Wake Forest history.
No. 22 jersey is one of 11 numbers retired by the basketball program.
Named an All-American in 1995 and was a three-time All-ACC selection, earning first team honors in 1994 and 1995.
In 1995, he led Wake Forest to first ACC Tournament title since 1962, earning MVP honors after hitting the game-winning jumper in overtime.
Ended 1995 ACC Tournament with 107 points, breaking previous Tournament record which had stood for 38 seasons.
One of only seven players in school history to play in four NCAA Tournaments.