African American History Month - Final Week

African American History Month - Final Week
Posted on 03/01/2021
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Bernard Childress was named the Executive Director of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) in 2009. A native of Columbia, Childress graduated from Columbia Central High School. While at Central, he served as the vice president of the Student Council and was a member of the basketball team.
Bernard Childress
In 1978, Childress received a Bachelor of Science degree from Belmont University, where he was a member of the basketball team for four years. Continuing his education, he received a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from Trevecca University.

He began his career in education as a teacher and coach at Columbia Central High School. In 1985, he was the assistant basketball coach at Middle Tennessee State University. He returned to Columbia and was the Assistant Principal of Columbia Central High School for five years before becoming the Principal of Whitthorne Middle School. In 1995, he was named the Assistant Executive Director of the TSSAA.

Childress was inducted in the Belmont University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992. In 2005, he was honored for his contributions to high school athletics as a recipient of the prestigious National Federation of State High School Associations (NFSH) Citation Award. This citation is one the most highly regarded achievements in high school activities.

The mission of TSSAA is to serve its members by providing leadership and coordination for the administration of interscholastic athletics, which will enhance the educational experience of students. The TSSAA administers the middle and high school athletic programs for an estimated 140,000 participants, 830 schools, an estimated 6,000 coaches, 5,000 officials, and almost 5,500 teams. 

Our thanks to Jo Ann McClellan, President & Founder of the African-American Heritage Society of Maury County for sharing this article, helping to recognize and celebrate African American History month. 

These athletes and more are featured in the African American Heritage Society's 2021 History Calendar, "The World of Sports". Order form is available on Facebook: