SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The Southern Conference announced today (Feb. 28) that Jack Childress has been hired to serve as the league's Coordinator of Officials for football. A former Southern Conference official (1996-97), Childress spent the past 14 years officiating in the Atlantic Coast Conference. He replaces Don Lucas who spent 18 years as coordinator for the SoCon before resigning to focus on his duties as Coordinator of Officials for the Sun Belt Conference.
"I am thrilled to once again be associated with the finest FCS conference in the nation," said Childress. "The Southern Conference has a long, rich tradition of collegiate athletics. I look forward to working with our officiating staff as well as our coaches and athletic directors. While I will certainly miss being an active on-field official, I am anxious to pass along what I have learned and help others become their best."
A collegiate official for 18 years, Childress officiated two Rose Bowls, two ACC Championship Games, the Orange Bowl and Outback Bowl among his numerous post-season assignments. He has 30 years of experience officiating high school football in North and South Carolina. Childress served as Director of the South Carolina Football Officials for eight seasons and is also a member of the ACC Football Officials Association's Board of Directors. He was inducted into the South Carolina Football Officials Association Hall of Fame.
This past season Childress took over as Coordinator of Officials for the South Atlantic Conference.
"Jack Childress brings a wealth of college football officiating experience to this position," commented Southern Conference Commissioner John Iamarino. "He has been among the best officials in the ACC for many years, is well-renowned for his communications and training skills, and understands what makes an effective coordinator. We're very fortunate to have him."
As co-owner and founder of Loom Craft, Inc., Childress serves as the COO for the home furnishing fabrics manufacturer in Belton, South Carolina.