LANCASTER, Pa. - Michael Childs joins the Franklin & Marshall wrestling coaching staff for the 2012-13 campaign after two years as an assistant coach at Davidson. A former wrestler at Drexel, Childs brings over 10 years of coaching experience to the F&M wrestling room.
"Coach Childs will be a great addition to our program here at Franklin & Marshall," said head coach Mike Rogers. "He comes to us with a wealth of coaching and wrestling experience and knows what it takes to help student-athletes become successful at the Division I level."
Childs was a four-year letterwinner at Drexel, where he wrestled for his father, Jack Childs, who was the head coach for the Dragons for 35 seasons. Upon graduating with a Psychology degree in 2003, he moved into the coaching ranks at the high school level, serving as a head coach for six years and an assistant for two seasons at several schools in Pennsylvania.
A native of Wayne, Pa., Childs spent the 2008-09 year at Penn State as a volunteer assistant coach for the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club. He also worked as an academic tutor and student-athlete mentor while in State College.
Additionally, Childs has unique international coaching experience. He spent one year as the head wrestling coach and manager at The Grip House, a Mixed Martial Arts / Muay Thai training facility in Glasgow, Scotland. His duties included overseeing day-to-day gym operations and training professional fighters from the United Kingdom and throughout Europe in wrestling.
Childs is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is working towards his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) accreditation. He is a graduate of the National Wrestling Coaches Association's (NWCA) Leadership Academy, and is also an active participant in triathlons and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.