Shelby County High School interim coach Heath Childers has been promoted to permanent head football coach, as confirmed in a phone interview with SCHS principal Gene Rogers. (FILE)
Shelby County High School interim coach Heath Childers has been promoted to permanent head football coach, as confirmed in a phone interview with SCHS principal Gene Rogers. (FILE)

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Childers named head football coach at SCHS

Published 1:19pm Friday, April 18, 2014

By DREW GRANTHUM/Sports Writer

COLUMBIANA— Shelby County High School interim coach Heath Childers has been promoted to permanent head football coach, SCHS principal Gene Rogers said.

“We just think the world of him,” Rogers said. “He’s well-respected within the coaching ranks. I know for a fact he will work tirelessly. ”

Rogers replaces former head coach Brent Smith, who was relieved of his duties in March after the program chose to head in a different direction following back-to-back 2-18 seasons.

Childers, who had not returned a call for comment as of 12:30 p.m. on April 18, impressed the selection committee with his work ethic, Roger said.

“He’s the kind of guy who will work harder than anyone else,” Rogers said. “He expects his team to work harder.”

Rogers also said Childers’ success on previous staffs at Shelby County was a factor in the decision as well.

“He was an instrumental part of what I believe was one of the most successful (times) in Shelby County football,” Rogers said. “The kids are excited.”

Rogers also said that John Watkins had been named athletic director, having previously served as assistant athletic director at SCHS.

“I think he’ll be a great fit,” Rogers said. “He cares a great deal about the success of (all) our programs.”

  • http://batman-news.com Justin

    Yet another head coach who will either get fired or end up leaving the school for a “better job.” Maybe one day SCHS can hire a coach who takes pride in SCHS and wants to stay, like someone emotionally connected to the school instead for bringing in someone who will leave for somewhere else after a little bit of success. It has become a cycle over the past years.

  • Tim Bullard

    Coach Childers was an assistant on Coach Herring’s staff. Hopefully he will get back to what Coach Herring was doing. Which was working and winning. I would have loved to have seen a high school friend get the job, but support the school’s decision.

  • JD Shugrue

    …it was definitely a no brainer to hire the guy who was on the staff of an 1-9 team, who has never been a head coach over 2 candidates that have head coaching experience and have taken those teams to the playoffs. Disappointed in my high school today.

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