Clarence Chester Childs (July 24, 1883 – September 16, 1960) was an American athlete who competed mainly in the hammer throw. He served as the head football coach at Indiana University from 1914 to 1915, compiling a record of 6–7–1.
^ abcd"Clarence Childs". Sports Reference. Retrieved 2008-11-20. Track was but one of three sports at which Clarence Childs excelled. He was on the football, wrestling, and track teams at Yale and 1912 was the only year that he treated hammer throwing with any degree of seriousness. Prior to placing second at the Final Trials that year, his best performance had been a third place at the IC4A in 1911. In Stockholm he finished more than 20 feet behind the winner, Matt McGrath, but came close to beating Duncan Gillis of Canada for the silver medal. From 1914 to 1916, Childs was track and football coach at Indiana University and then saw service in France. Among other posts, he held that of athletic director at the Colombes Stadium in Paris. Leaving the army with the rank of major, he returned home and became an industrial engineer.
^Sandusky County, Ohio, has a long tradition of producing superb athletes. Perhaps one of its most fascinating was Clarence Childs. Born in Wooster, Ohio, in 1881, Clarence moved with his family to Fremont at age eleven. It was in Fremont that Clarence would not only discover his talents as an athlete but also as a musician.
^"Gardner, Pole Vaulter and Golfer, Succeeds C.C. Childs, Resigned.". The New York Times. January 23, 1912. Retrieved 2008-11-20. Robert A. Gardner, '12, of Chicago was to-day elected Captain of the Yale track team, to succeed Capt. Clarence C. Childs, who announced his resignation last Saturday. Gardner is a pole vaulter, and has been on the track team for two years. He is also leader of the Yale Glee Club and a former, Western golf champion.