Jason Childs became the 10th head coach in the 42-year history of the Seahawk men's lacrosse program in August 2015. Childs brought 10 years of coaching experience at the NCAA Division I and II levels before taking the reins of his first Division III team.
The Baltimore native spent three seasons as head coach of the Shorter University men's lacrosse program in Rome, Georgia. Childs helped the Hawks transition from the NAIA ranks into a successful NCAA Division II program after being named the program's second head coach in July 2012.
He posted a 22-21 record at Shorter, including an 8-7 record in 2015 – the program’s first year as a full-fledged member of the NCAA – while the man-down defensive unit ranked eighth in the NCAA that same year. During his first season, Childs led the team to a 7-7 record, concluding with a five-game win streak.
He came to Shorter from Mercer University, where he spent two seasons as head coach after starting the state of Georgia’s first Division I lacrosse program in 2009. Childs became Mercer’s first head coach for men’s lacrosse in September 2009 and led Mercer onto the field of competition for the first time in the spring of 2011. Over his two seasons with Mercer, he built a reputation as a hard worker that worked to engage the community while building a successful program on the field.
Prior to Mercer, Childs started the men’s lacrosse program at Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C. He began his tenure with Presbyterian in 2006 and coached for three seasons, guiding the Blue Hose transition from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I status.
Childs began his coaching career as an assistant coach for Division II perennial power, Limestone College, in Gaffney, S.C., where he was a part of the Saints' highly successful program. During his two seasons (2004 and 2005), Limestone went 26-2, winning the Deep South Conference title in 2004 and finishing second in the nation at the NCAA Division II Championships in 2004.
Before joining the college coaching ranks, Childs was the offensive coordinator for the lacrosse team at the Darlington School in Rome, Ga., from 2001-03. He taught American and British literature and served as a resident faculty member. Childs was an assistant basketball coach as well as a middle school football coach at Darlington, too.
He was a four-year starter and two-year team captain as an attackman and midfielder at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Childs had a stellar playing career for the Red Devils, earning the program’s Unsung Hero Award as a sophomore. He set a school and Centennial Conference record for assists in a game with 11 while also posting the second-best single-game scoring performance of 12 points (1 G, 11 A) on March 22, 2000 versus Susquehanna University.
Childs graduated Dickinson fifth in career assists (64) and sixth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 108 points (44 G, 64 A). He currently ranks ninth in assists and 16th in points in the Red Devil record books. Childs prepped at the St. Paul School for Boys in Baltimore, where he was a three-sport athlete, competing in lacrosse, soccer and basketball.
He earned a bachelor's in American studies from Dickinson in 2001. Childs is married to the former Mary Foss of Rome, Ga. The couple has three children, Elizabeth Ann, Jackson, and Katy.