Jennifer Childress was named women's basketball head coach at Pacific Lutheran University on April 25, 2013. Childress' program at PLU is based on the key aspects of discipline, commitment and teamwork. She puts detail into every step, whether in building team chemistry, practicing fundamental skills of basketball or establishing a team code of conduct, and she strives to prepare in student-athletes an appreciation for fundamentals and an understanding of why such methods are important. One of her key tenets is the belief that unceasing work ethic combined with realistic attainable goals provides student-athletes with confidence and a sense of accomplishment. Every victory - large and small - will be celebrated and not overlooked.
Childress' program emphasizes the truth that when a group demonstrates pride in a common goal and unselfishly puts that above personal desires, great things can be accomplished.
Childress served as Western Washington University's associate head coach from 2006 through 2013. As that program's recruiting coordinator, she helped bring in the players that ended up making a deep run into the 2013 Division II national tournament. Western Washington lost in the national semifinals to eventual national champion Ashland (Ohio), and WWU finished its most recent season with a 29-4 record. During Childress' time with the program the Vikings compiled an overall 145-50 win-loss record.
Prior to serving as Western Washington's associate head coach, Childress was the head assistant coach at Cal State-San Bernardino from 2002-06. Before that she was a part-time assistant at Western Washington from 2001-02, and she got her start in coaching as the girls basketball head coach at Meridian High School in Bellingham from 1995-2001.
Childress graduated with honors from Wenatchee Valley College in 1989, where she won the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges' Art Fiero Award as the Female Scholar Athlete of the Year in 1989. She was a three-sport athlete at George Fox University in Newberg, Ore., graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1992, and earned her Master in Education degree from City University in 2001.