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Former Charter boys basketball coach Childs takes same position at Sandpoint High

| April 4, 2021 1:15 AM

By DYLAN GREENE

Hagadone News Network

SANDPOINT — Brian Childs was named the new head coach for the Sandpoint High School boys basketball team on Saturday.

"Brian is a high character person who will be a tremendous mentor for SHS athletes," Sandpoint athletic director Kris Knowles wrote in an email. "No one is more dedicated and passionate about the game of basketball and student athletes than coach Childs. This, along with his extensive experience, will help build the Bulldog basketball program.

Childs has coached high school basketball for 23 years, and 16 of those years have been spent as a head coach. He previously served as the head coach at Coeur d'Alene Charter and Eastbrook High in Marion, Ind.

Childs was 92-65 in seven seasons as coach at Coeur d'Alene Charter, leading the Panthers to a third-place finish in the state 1A tournament in 2007. Charter has not fielded a team since 2017.

He spent six seasons at Eastbrook before moving to Vancouver, Wash., in 2018 to take over his most recent head coaching job at Heritage High School.

Prior to becoming a head coach, Childs was an assistant coach at Lake City High.

Childs takes over a Sandpoint program that dealt with its fair share of adversity during the 2020-21 season. Wade Engelson resigned as the head coach in early January and Mike Roos took over the job on an interim basis for the rest of the season.

The team finished with a 4-16 record this winter and ended the year on a 10-game losing streak. The Bulldogs haven't won a regular season game against a 4A Inland Empire League opponent in five years.