Holmes Community College is pleased to announce that Christa Childress of Poplar Bluff, Mo. has joined the athletic department as an assistant coach with the Lady Bulldog softball program.
Childress served as either head coach or assistant coach at Three Rivers College in Missouri for 17 years. She and her father, Jack, amassed 592 wins and five Missouri Community College Athletic Conference Championships playing in Region 16. During her last five years at Three Rivers, the team averaged 40 wins per year, won three titles and held a team GPA of over 3.0. Three Rivers had 13 Academic All Americans. Along with her coaching duties she taught accounting courses at Three Rivers, both online and traditional. Over the years, they Childress and her father coached the women's basketball and volleyball teams.
"I researched Coach (Ricky) Casey and he seemed to fit the coaching style I liked and was accustomed to," Childress said of the job opening at Holmes. "I came down and visited the campus before I even came for an interview to make sure of the area and that I liked it. I was very impressed with the area and the campus. So when Coach Casey called me I was more than excited to come down and interview with him. After meeting with him for the interview, I knew Holmes Community College was a good fit for me."
Childress said she wants the Lady Bulldogs to be successful on the field, but in the classroom is most important to her. "Their first commitment here should be their education," Childress said. "Softball is here to help them get that. I always try to talk to the players and want them to strive for their degree with a respectable GPA so they can receive a job and be responsible for themselves. This goal starts in the classroom."
Holmes softball is recognized each year by the NJCAA for their team GPA. The softball team prides itself on having a good GPA and receiving this award. The players depend on each other for study hall and any tutoring that needs to be done so their GPAs will remain at the highest possible.
"The system he has set up is very effective," she said. "I do want to offer help whenever the players are struggling. I do like that the freshmen and sophomores are able to help each other and hope to add to this." To get the Lady Bulldog in the postseason on a regular basis, she offered these thoughts. "First you have to think you are at that level," Childress said. "You have to have that air of confidence. It is the mindset that they put their shoes on the same way you do, not to be intimidated, and to give it their all every time they step across the chalk lines. Once you get that in your mindset that these teams are not that different and continue to work hard improvements will be made along with way."
Last Monday, Holmes held its opening of school convocation, and she was impressed with the meeting and the people she met. "The convocation was very exciting," she said. "It was a very neat experience. I've been through a lot of convocations and none of them had a theme. It was just unique and really brought everyone together. The people were extremely nice. Everyone has gone out of their way, been very friendly, and made you feel like you were home."
For the last two years, Childress has taught business courses at Neelyville High School in Neelyville, Mo. She served as the Future Business Leaders of America advisor and had 60 students in the group doing fundraising, community service work, and competing against other schools in different business subjects. She did not coach at Neelyville but did coach the Clearwater Lakers traveling teams for 16 and 18-year olds.
Childress has a bachelor's degree in accounting from Arkansas State University and a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Southeast Missouri State University. She also has a master's degree in business administration from William Woods University.
She has two grown sons, Tyler and Trent Albright. They both reside in Missouri.