Clarence Childs

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Clarence Childs
Childs from The Arbutus 1916
Biographical details
Born(1883-07-24)July 24, 1883
Wooster, Ohio, U.S.
DiedSeptember 16, 1960(1960-09-16) (aged 77)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
Head coaching record
Clarence Childs
Personal information
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight102 kg (225 lb)
EventHammer throw
ClubNYAC, New York
Achievements and titles
Personal best52.53 m (1912)[1]
Medal record
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1912 Stockholm Hammer throw

Clarence Chester Childs (July 24, 1883 – September 16, 1960) was an American athlete who competed mainly in the hammer throw.[1][2] He represented the United States at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, winning a bronze medal in the hammer throw. Childs served as the head football coach at Indiana University from 1914 to 1915, compiling a record of 6–7–1.


He was born on July 24, 1883, in Wooster, Ohio.[1] He lived in Fremont, Ohio, for much of his youth where he played football for the Fremont Football Club.[3] He became Captain of the Yale track team before he competed for the United States in the 1912 Summer Olympics held in Stockholm, Sweden in the hammer throw where he won the bronze medal.[4] Childs was the football coach at Indiana University and served in France during World War I. Childs was appointed by President Warren Harding to a position within the U.S. Treasury Department, but was fired when he attacked a United States Secret Service agent, who was following him on suspicion that Childs had illegally removed sensitive documents.[5] He died in Washington, D.C., on September 16, 1960.[1]

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Wooster Fightings Scots (Ohio Athletic Conference) (1913)
1913 Wooster 2–3–2 1–3–1 T–8th
Wooster: 2–3–2 1–3–1
Indiana Hoosiers (Big Ten Conference) (1914–1915)
1914 Indiana 3–4 1–4 8th
1915 Indiana 3–3–1 1–3 8th
Indiana: 6–7–1 2–7
Total: 8–10–3


  1. ^ a b c d "Clarence Childs". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 2020-04-17. Retrieved 2008-11-20.
  2. ^ "Clarence Childs". Olympedia. Retrieved 2 May 2021.
  3. ^ The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center Archived 2014-04-16 at the Wayback Machine. (2004-05-05). Retrieved on 2015-08-23.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ Shlaes, Amity (2014) Coolidge. Harper Perennial. p. 239. ISBN 0061967599.

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