Holmes Community College didn't have to look far in finding its next head softball coach as Poplar Bluff, Mo. native Christa Childress has been named to the position.
Childress replaced longtime head coach Ricky Casey, who retired this summer.
"I am very excited to have the opportunity to be the head softball coach at Holmes Community College," Childress said. "The administration, faculty and staff at Holmes are excellent and have made me feel at home here since day one. The family environment along with my passion for softball make this a dream come true for me to be able to lead the Holmes Lady Bulldogs."
Childress served as the assistant coach at Holmes during the 2017-18 season. For two years prior to coming to Holmes, Childress has taught business courses at Neelyville High School in Neelyville, Mo. She served as the Future Business Leaders of America advisor and had 60 students in the group doing fundraising, community service work, and competing against other schools in different business subjects. She did not coach at Neelyville but did coach the Clearwater Lakers traveling teams for 16 and 18-year olds.
Before going to Neelyville, Childress served as either head coach or assistant coach at Three Rivers College in Missouri for 17 years. She and her father, Jack, amassed 592 wins and five Missouri Community College Athletic Conference Championships playing in Region 16. During her last five years at Three Rivers, the team averaged 40 wins per year, won three titles and held a team GPA of over 3.0. Three Rivers had 13 Academic All Americans. Along with her coaching duties she taught accounting courses at Three Rivers, both online and traditional. Over the years, they Childress and her father coached the women's basketball and volleyball teams.
She is proud to follow Coach Casey as head coach. "Coach Casey has built a solid program both on the field and in the classroom that I will strive to maintain and build on," Childress said. "I plan to continue working the players hard with a positive attitude and recruiting quality players."
Holmes softball is recognized each year by the MACJC and the NJCAA for their team GPA. The softball team prides itself on having a good GPA and receiving this award. The players depend on each other for study hall and any tutoring that needs to be done so their GPAs will remain at the highest possible.
"The ultimate goal for all of our athletes is to obtain a degree," Childress said. "We want each of these young ladies to become successful working adults within their communities. The Lady Bulldogs have excellent performance in the classroom, and I plan to implement all of the programs Coach Casey had in place and continue this performance."
Childress has a bachelor's degree in accounting from Arkansas State University and a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Southeast Missouri State University. She also has a master's degree in business administration from William Woods University.
Joining the softball program as an assistant coach is one of Childress' former players at Three Rivers, Karisa Coleman.
"Karisa is an excellent motivator on and off the field," Childress said. "She has a very positive uplifting personality and knows the hard work it takes both on the field and in the classroom. Coach Coleman did play for me at Three Rivers and knows what I expect of our players. She will be a good role model."
She has two grown sons, Tyler and Trent Albright. They both reside in Missouri.