Former Demon Deacon All-American basketball player Randolph Childress is easily one of the most memorable Wake Forest athletes of all time. His cross-over of former UNC point guard Jeff McInnis in the 1995 ACC tournament is still one of the more talked about plays. On that play, he crossed McInnis so badly that the former Tar Heel fell. Then, Childress gestured for him to get up as he launched a three ball in his face.
Today, Wake Forest Athletic Director Ron Wellman announced that Childress will be a part of the present Wake Forest staff -- serving in a number of roles, including compliance, development and student-athlete mentorship.
"It's incredible to be back," Childress said. "It's something I've dreamed about for quite some time. I don't know how often people get a 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 I've been friends with for quite some time."
Wellman added: "We are thrilled to welcome Randolph Childress back to Wake Forest. 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 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.
"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.