BREAKING NEWS: Bunker Hill hires Childers to coach varsity girls’ basketball

He’s also spent 10 years working with

the Bears’ varsity baseball program


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David Childers has been named the seventh girls’ varsity basketball head coach at Bunker Hill High in the last four-plus decades. A look at those head coaches since 1979-80 based on research by
Coach              Yrs.   Win rec.  Titles States
Terry Sipe               6         6         None             6
Tommy Edwards  20     19           6               20
Shane Compton       1      1            None          1
Randy Laws                1      None     None     None
Randy Joines            9      3            None         4
Lee Swanson             3      2              1               3
TOTALS                  43     31             7            34
Notes: One of Edwards’ conference titles was a share… The Bears won the 1988-89 West 2A Regional title and also reached the field in 1998-1999, 2000-2001, 2001-2002 and in 2020-2021… Edwards later coached women’s basketball at Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) and is in the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame… Joines was previously girls’ head coach at North Wilkes… Swanson was boys’ varsity head coach at South Caldwell before coming to Bunker Hill to coach athe varsity boys.
SOURCE: research and files.


CLAREMONT – David Childers has a great appreciation for the next role he will play in Bunker Hill High athletics.

After spending 10 seasons as an assistant coach in the Bears’ baseball program and one season as a varsity girls’ assistant, he is the next head coach of Bunker Hill’s varsity girls.


It’s a key role in a program that has produced a winning record in 31 of the previous 43 seasons, five league titles and a share of another one and 34 trips to the state 2A playoffs (five West Regionals) by six previous head coaches.

Childers replaces Lee Swanson, who resigned after coaching the Bears’ girls to records of 21-8, 12-1 and 10-17 over the last three seasons. He came to Bunker Hill to coach varsity boys in 2015-2016 and did that for four seasons, become girls’ head coach when Randy Joines retired after the 2018-2019 season.

Bumker Hill went 7-4 and finished third last season in the Catawba Valley 2A Athletic, falling to North Stanly in the first round of the state 2A playoffs.

“I wanted to become the varsity girls’ coach because of the winning tradition … at Bunker Hill built by such great coaches like Tommy Edwards, Randy Joines and Lee Swanson,” Childers, 53, told, which is covering Bears sports for the 47th straight year. “I wanted to work hard to continue the tradition built by those coaches. I have been fortunate to be mentored by and coached under great leaders such as Marty Curtis, Todd Setzer, Billy Baker, Swanson, Cam Beard, Kyle Lowman, Kelsey Deitttman and Kewun McDaniel.

“The lessons I have learned from these mentors were not always about coaching student-athletes but molding young adults into future leaders of our communities.”

Childers, a 1987 graduate of Alexander Central High, will teach business this year at Catawba Rosenwald Elementary Education Center. He indicated he will also be at assistant football coach on Lowman’s staff at St. Stephens (wide receivers).

On Wednesday, the Catawba County Schools (CCS) confirmed approval of Childers’ teaching contract (and assignment as girls’ varsity coach at Bunker Hill) by the CCS Board of Education at a meeting on Monday night.

Bunker Hill officials have not yet announced Childers’ athletic spots this school year.

Childers’ coaching experience includes assistant roles at River Bend Middle School in football (five years) and girls basketball (two years) and two years as head coach of boys’ basketball at River Bend.

At Bunker Hill, he’s been a varsity baseball assistant (2013-2022) and has one year in as the Bears’ junior varsity volleyball coaching.

That Childers is the seventh girls’ varsity basketball head coach at Bunker Hill is a breaking news story at for the second straight day.

On Tuesday, the website was also first in reporting Bandys graduate Jordan London has been named to replace Brad Mangum as girls’ varstity head coach at North Lincoln.

Childer said his first Bears team will be young and inexperienced (his words).

“But with the work, I plan to put in and with the help of my assistant coaches, Alyssa McCrary and Mo Peoples, we will implant in the girls to work hard enough each day to get at least one percent better each day… while having fun improving each day.”

Last season, Bunker Hill started 0-7 and came out of the holidays at 3-11 before winning key league games over Maiden, East Burke and Maiden again to move into contention. After losing back-to-back games against Newton-Conover and East Burke, the Bears grabbed third place with roads wins at Bandys and Lincolnton.

In the almost 4 ½ decades that began with Terry Sipe as head coach, the Bears have owned a stretch of 16 consecutive winning seasons (1978-790 through 1994-95) and played for a state 2A title in 1988-89 9 9 (Clinton 72, Bears 63). Their longest run of consecutive losing seasons is four (2009-2010 through 2012-2013).

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