FORT MILL — For the second time in three years, Fort Mill has hired a coach away from South Pointe High.
In 2011, Fort Mill hired current athletic director and head boys basketball coach Dwayne Hartsoe from South Pointe. This time, the Jackets have tapped head girls basketball coach Brett Childers, 33, to take over the same role at Fort Mill.
Childers has been the Lady Stallions head coach the past five years, compiling a 75-47 record and making the playoffs four of those five years.
He twice won Region Coach of the Year and won Region championships in 2008 and 2011. His 2007-2008 team finished the season ranked third in the state in 4A and was an Upper State finalist, while going 26-3 on the year.
I have always had an admiration for Fort Mill, for the success it has had in both academics and athletics, he said. The chance to join that was a really good opportunity for me and my family to move up there. I am real excited.
Childers lives in Rock Hill and plans on moving across the bridge with his wife, Kristen, and son, Brady.
Childers said he is also looking forward to working with Hartsoe again, as the two worked together at South Pointe for several years. Hartsoe said that of the four candidates interviewed for the job, Childers stood out more than any of the others.
We thought all three were quality candidates, but he was the best experienced and fit our program the best, Hartsoe said, speaking of the four-person committee that chose Childers.
A graduate of Harrisonburg High School in Virginia, Childers played college basketball for James Madison University one season and Bridgewater College for three seasons, graduating in 2002.
Childers said the talent coming back and the younger players coming up in the future attracted him to the job at Fort Mill.
I felt like there is a lot to build with there, he said. I really enjoyed the scrappiness and the skill levels of the younger group coming up.
Childers said he is really keen on player development and organization.
That is the fun part of the job for me, he said. Working with these kids trying to find ways they can improve their game individually. I take a lot of time and effort to get to know each kid to see what they can improve on.
Childers father, Bud, was once the womens basketball coach at Winthrop University, where the younger Childers worked as an assistant on his staff for two years. Childers also served as an assistant coach for Murray State University for one season, as well as coached some at the high school level in Virginia.
He said that he enjoys working with high school-age students to teach them the fundamentals of the game before sending them off to college.
I like working with them before they get to college and helping them get them to that point, he said.