Childers named to MCJCA Hall of Fame

JACKSON – Former Ripley basketball coach Harvey Childers was recently inducted into the Mississippi Community and Junior Athletic Hall of Fame. Childers was nominated for the honor by Northeast Mississippi Community college, where he coached for seven seasons. “I was surprised and very flattered that Northeast would nominate me for this award,” said Childers. “In the past the schools have been able to nominate more people, but with them only being to have one nominee makes it really special and I appreciate it. “It’s been a long time since I coached at Northeast and they made me feel like I’m still part of the family.” Childers became coach at Northeast in 1985. During his seven seasons at the school, he guided the Tigers to a 192-34 record. With Childers at the helm, the Tigers won five North Division titles, one Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College titles, and three Region XXIII championships. Childers’ teams appeared in the NJCAA National Tournament three times and played for a national championship at the end of the 1988-89 season. In his final season of 1991-92, the Northeast Tiger went 30-5 and advanced to the national tournament. That season, the Tigers were ranked as high as third in the nation. At the banquet, held at the Hilton Hotel, Childers was presented by NEMCC president Dr. Johnny Allen. The two men have been friends since his days at Northeast. “Dr. Allen made me feel like I still fit in,” said Childers. “He was a professor at the time and now he’s president and they have all been very nice to me over the years. I appreciate that so much.” In 39 years of coaching, Childers won a total of 1,013 games to just 305 loses. He was 821-270 in high school and won his 1000th game while coach at Ripley. In four seasons with Ripley, Childers guided the Tigers to four consecutive state tournament appearances.

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