SCHS 2016 Alumni Jordan Childs Named Assistant Coach at University of Arkansas Volleyball Program

In an announcement by University of Arkansas Razorbacks Athletics, SCHS Class of 2016 Alumni Jordan (Henshaw) Childs, daughter of Steve and Julie Paysen, has been named as assistant coach of the University’s volleyball team, the Volley Hogs. 

Head coach Jason Watson stated, “Our program is thrilled to have Jordan join us. She is remarkably prepared for this opportunity. A relentless learner with a clarity of thought, she is going to enhance our current staff. I look forward to working alongside her to further our team.”

Childs was a part of the original SCHS Volleyball Team and after her graduation, was awarded both academic and athletic scholarships to Truett McConnell University, where she was a six-rotation outside hitter for 2016-2019. She was the team’s stat leader for 30+ matches, was a four-time NAIA All-Academic Team and Leadership Scholar and served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Council for three years.

Childs graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2019 and earned her master’s in Kinesiology and Coaching Education from Georgia Southern in 2023.

According to the University of Arkansas announcement, Childs has already had a standout career in coaching and mentoring at various volleyball programs. As an assistant coach at Emory in 2023, Childs had both coaching and operations responsibilities for the Eagles during their 26-3 season. During her year at Emory, the volleyball program won the University Athletic Association (UAA) title with an undefeated record of 7-0 and finished as runners-up at the UAA conference tournament. In the Division III NCAA Tournament, the Eagles made it to the Sweet 16.  

Childs also helped coach Deborah Hong to Region 6 Player of the Year honors.

Childs worked as an assistant with the A5 Volleyball Club in Roswell starting in 2021 and was named the League One Volleyball Coach of the Month in May of 2023.  

Childs also worked with North Georgia Volleyball and Lanier Volleyball Clubs as a master coach, specializing in skill development, leading camp planning, ideating practice plans, and holding private lessons.

While working on her master’s degree, Childs was the head varsity volleyball coach and North Oconee High School from 2021-2023, where she also taught. While at the helm, the Titans broke 21 school records, saw 11 athletes earn All-Area honors, and racked up 13 postseason awards. Childs was an Oconee County Head Coach Honorable Mention twice and led her team to the Georgia state playoffs two seasons in a row.

Childs also coached and taught at Chestatee High School from 2019-2021, where she worked with both the varsity volleyball and junior varsity soccer teams.