Former Deacon Great Randolph Childress Joins Wake Forest Athletic Department

Aug. 11, 2011

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. ( - Former Demon Deacon All-American basketball player Randolph Childress has joined the Wake Forest athletic department, as announced by Director of Athletics Ron Wellman on Thursday.

Childress, who will hold the title of Assistant to the Athletic Director, will serve in a number of roles, including compliance, development and student-athlete mentorship.

"We are thrilled to welcome Randolph Childress back to Wake Forest," said Wellman. "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 spent five seasons with the Wake Forest basketball program from 1990-95 and 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.

"It's incredible to be back. It's something I've dreamed about for quite some time," said Childress. "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 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.

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 has played professionally since leaving Wake Forest in 1995. He was drafted by the Detroit Pistons with the 19th pick in the 1995 NBA Draft. He played two seasons in the NBA with the Portland Trailblazers and the Pistons.

Childress then 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 head basketball coach Jeff Bzdelik. "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 (13) and Deven (11).