Former Baldwin All-Stater enjoying role as coach



BALDWIN - Brandon Childress is anxiously awaiting the first season in which he'll be a grad assistant football coach at Division II Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Mo.

But like all other college coaches, the former Baldwin All-Stater and Central Michigan football player has to patiently work with current measures for dealing with the COVID pandemic.

Childress is working on his graduate degree and is coaching receivers at MSSU.

"We're back right now with summer workouts and we're doing study hall and we're back with the team doing workouts," Childress said. "At the Division II level, we don't have rules or restrictions on being able to work with the players. So we've been able to have hands on with the players and be able to get after it.

"From a football sense, things are kind of normal. But from some of the things we're doing like COVID testing and making sure guys if they have any type of symptoms get quarantined so we can keep the team safe, things are different in that aspect. As far as football goes, things are pretty normal."

Everyone remains hopeful and confident of a 2020 college football season Childress noted.

"We've got a full 10-game schedule, they did cut one of our games so we can have a later start," he said. "I think if everybody worldwide does what is being asked us of us we should get these numbers back down. I think we should have a season."

Childress said he's enjoying coaching.

"It's been a blessing and a step up in my life," he said. "It's been a learning experience from the day I got there (in March) to this point. We've got guys from all over the country and the world right now. It's been everything I looked forward to and knew what it was going to be. I'm loving what I'm doing. I'm happy."