Joel Childs was named Union's head cross country and track & field coach in July of 2013.
Childs comes to Barbourville after spending the past four years as an assistant at Huntington (Ind.) University. During his time there, the cross country program won two conference titles, had 12 all-conference runs, and two individuals and two teams qualify for the NAIA National Championship Meet. The Huntington track team had one NAIA national qualifier and seven all-conference honorees. Childs coached a total of 58 top-10 times while at Huntington.
A 2008 graduate of Anderson (Ind.) University, Childs has both USTAF Level One and Level Two certification. The level two certification is with a focus on sprints, hurdles and relays. Most recently, he completed work to receive USTFCCCA Jumps Specialist certification.
As a student-athlete at Anderson, Childs was a four-year member of the cross country and track & field teams. The cross country teams twice qualified for the NCAA Division III national championships. In all, Childs was a part of seven conference team titles.
Childs is married, and his wife's name is Brittany.