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Pictured is BMC President Dr. Barbara McMillin and Coach Harvey Childers
BMC - Thu, Aug. 31, 2017

BLUE MOUNTAIN, Miss. – Blue Mountain College has announced Mississippi basketball coaching legend Harvey Childers will be leading its athletic department in the interim as the North Mississippi Christian college searches for a full-time leader after the departure of Will Kollmeyer.

Childers earned 1,013 career wins on the hardcourt sidelines in a 39-year career, including 192 in a seven-year stint at Northeast Mississippi Community College, leading the men's program to an NJCAA national championship runner-up in 1989.

The round ball luminary won state titles while at New Albany High School in 1977 and 1985, with the latter going undefeated.  At NEMCC, he led his teams to five North Division titles, three Region XXIII championships and a state title.

Upon his retirement, Childers was inducted into the Mississippi Community and Junior College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.

"I'm really excited and look forward to the opportunity," Childers said.  "Whether this is long-term or short-term, I just want to do the best I can do for the coaches, Dr. McMillin and the college."

Additional achievements include his selection as the North Mississippi Daily Journal Coach of the Year in 1985 and 2007, as well as being inducted into the Mississippi Association of Coaches Hall of Fame in 1995.

"We are honored and blessed that Coach Childers will take the helm of our athletic program during this period of transition," BMC President Dr. Barbara McMillin said.  "His coaching experience and reputation for excellence will undoubtedly serve us well."

Childers and his wife, Gayle, reside in Ripley.


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