Former Ruston High football coach Jimmy ‘Chick’ Childress dies _lowres

Jimmy 'Chick' Childress at his Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame induction in 2010 (courtesy Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame)

Highly successful former Ruston High football coach Jimmy “Chick” Childress died Sunday after a brief illness.

The Shreveport Times reported Childress, 83, died at Northern Louisiana Medical Center in Ruston.

Childress led Ruston to four state titles, including a victory over Catholic High in the 1990 Class 4A title game.

He also was defensive coordinator on the staff of Bill Ruple at Monroe’s Neville High for 15 years. Childress was inducted to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Louisiana High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1990.

Childress compiled a 131-27 record in 12 seasons at Ruston and won his other state titles in 1982, ’86 and ’88. His 1990 team was ranked No. 1 nationally by at least one service.

A team MVP for Louisiana-Monroe, then known as Northeast Louisiana, in 1956, Childress also played for another Louisiana Sports Hall of Famer, L.J. “Hoss” Garrett, on a Ruston team that won a state title in 1947.