HED:Childers leaves Wheeler

CATEGORY: Basketball

AUTHOR: WHEELE

HED:Childers leaves Wheeler

By D.E. Wheeler

Daily Journal

The 2000-01 school year already has it first coaching vacancy to fill.

Wheeler High School is currently looking for a boys head basketball coach with the decision of Harvey Childers not to return. A part-time employee, Childers reported that he worked through the summer before making his decision not to return.

“Being part-time, I had never signed a contract (for the 2000-01 school year),” said Childers, a 33-year coaching veteran who had come to Wheeler in 1998. “Then circumstances caused me to make my mind up not to keep going.”

At Wheeler, Childers coached the Eagles to an 18-14 record in 1998-99, and a 27-6 record in 1999-2000. Wheeler lost to Houlka in the first round of the Class 1A North Mississippi playoffs in February, with Houlka going on to win the state championship.

In Childers’ career, he has also made successful stops at New Albany High School and Northeast Mississippi Community College. Childers’ stop at New Albany included an undefeated season and state championship in 1985, while at Northeast he won one state and three regional championships.

Childers had been at Marshall Academy prior to coming to Wheeler, guiding Marshall into the academy state playoffs three straight seasons.

“Everybody was really nice to me at Wheeler, the professional people on campus who I worked with,” said Childers, who is retiring to a farm in Tippah County he has owned for about five years. “I’m especially going to miss the kids.”

With Wheeler being one of 15 schools in the area that does not play football, basketball season begins a month early. That leaves Wheeler and Prentiss County officials little time to replace Childers with practice officially beginning Monday.

“Coach Childers was in a part-time capacity, and decided to go into full retirement,” said Prentiss County superintendent Judith Perrigo. “The board is looking for a replacement, and is looking to act on that at the next board meeting (Sept. 18).

“We have interviewed several and we think we have one, but we would rather wait until a later date to announce anything.”

Wheeler can open its 2000-01 season as early as Oct. 6.