September 8, 2009

Mercy Hires Childs to Lead New D-I Men's Program

from staff reports

MACON, Ga. -- Mercer University Director of Athletics Bobby Pope has announced Tuesday the appointment of Jason Childs as the school's first head men's lacrosse coach.

"I would like to thank Mr. Underwood, Mr. Pope and the entire search committee for this opportunity," Childs said. "I am very honored to be chose as the first men's lacrosse coach at Mercer and I cannot wait to get started."

Childs, who comes to Mercer from Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C., will take over the University's club team for the 2010 season and then move the program to NCAA Division I status for the 2010-2011 academic year.

"We had some excellent candidates for the position but we felt that Jason was the person best suited for the job," Pope said, "because he started the program at Presbyterian and should be aware of all the challenges facing him. He is very familiar with lacrosse in Georgia and the Southeast and that will be a major asset to him in recruiting the first class for intercollegiate competition."

A native of Baltimore, Md., Childs was a four year starter and two year team captain an attackman and midfielder at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in American Studies.

"I look forward to bringing in young men of high character who have a high ability of lacrosse talent," Childs said. "I know I have a lot of work ahead of me, but I am very excited to begin shaping the Mercer Bears Lacrosse program."

Prior to taking the head job at Presbyterian in 2005 he served as an assistant coach at Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C. from 2003-2005 and taught and coach at Darlington School in Rome, Ga. from 2001-2003.

Jason and his wife, Mary, have one child.

Presbyterian has already begun its search for a new head coach, advertising the position Tuesday.

"The successful candidate must possess an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of organizing, directing and administering an NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse program by providing skill/technique instruction, scheduling, recruiting, budget preparation/management, fundraising and public relations," the job posting stated.

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