Induction Year: 2001

One of the most successful prep football coaches in state history, Childress is a member of the Louisiana High School Coaches’ Association Hall of Fame after leading Ruston to a 131-27 (.829) mark in 12 seasons. He won four state titles, in 1982, 1986, 1988, and 1990, and his 1990 unbeaten team was ranked No. 1 nationally in one poll. He was voted Class 4A Coachof the Year five times and district coach of the year seven times. Childress, raised in an orphanage, was Most Valuable Player at Northeast Louisiana University in 1956 and a third-team All-Gulf States Conference pick. He was defensive coordinator at Neville High for 15 years, helping the Tigers win four state titles, and played on the 1947 Ruston High state championship team coached by Hall of Famer “Hoss” Garrett.”