Coach Bio

Brad Childress
Assistant Head Coach

Biography

Brad Childress enters his 19th year in the NFL and his fifth season with the Chiefs. Childress spent his first three seasons with the club as the spread game analyst/special projects coach. In 2016, he was promoted to co-offensive coordinator alongside Matt Nagy, and most recently was given the title as assistant head coach entering the 2017 season. He owns 37 years of coaching experience on both the collegiate and professional levels.

In four years with the club, he has helped the team reach the playoffs three times, including an AFC West Division title in 2017, the first division championship under this regime. QB Alex Smith's 64.5 completion percentage ranks first among starting quarterbacks in Chiefs history, and in 2017, Smith became the franchise’s all-time leading rusher among QBs (1,317 yards). Childress has been instrumental in the club's 43-21 record since 2013, which ranks as the best record in the first four years of a regime in franchise history. 

Prior to joining the Chiefs, Childress spent the 2012 season as the offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns. Before that, he had a five-year stint as the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings.

As head coach of the Vikings, Childress guided Minnesota to a 39-35 (.527) regular season record as the team won consecutive NFC North division titles (2008-09) for the first time in 28 years (1977-78). In 2009, the team’s passing offense, led by quarterback Brett Favre, finished the season ranked eighth as Favre set career-highs in passer rating (107.2) and completion percentage (68.4%), while throwing 33 touchdown passes. During Childress’ first four seasons at the helm, the Vikings’ rushing offense posted the fourth-most rushing yards in the NFL (136.1 yards per game) and the third-best average per rush attempt (4.5 avg.).

Defensively, the Vikings led the NFL in rushing defense for three straight seasons (2006-08) and finished second in 2009, while leading the league with 48.0 sacks. The defensive unit also ranked sixth in the NFL in total defense in both 2008 and 2009.

Prior to joining the Vikings, Childress spent seven seasons (1999-2005) with Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid. 

In Philadelphia, Childress tutored the quarterbacks for three seasons (1999-01) and spent his final four years as the club’s offensive coordinator (2002-05).

During his tenure with the club, the Eagles posted a 70-42 record (.625), captured four consecutive NFC East Division titles (2001-04) and advanced to the postseason five straight seasons (2000-04). Philadelphia also represented the NFC in Super Bowl XXXIX following the 2004 season. During that year, Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb set franchise records in passer rating (104.7) and completion percentage (64.0 pct.), while becoming the first quarterback in NFL history with more than 30 touchdown passes (31) and fewer than 10 interceptions (eight) in a single season. As offensive coordinator, Childress led a group that ranked in the top 10 in total offense twice, amassed more than 5,000 yards each season and averaged 333.8 yards per game.

Childress began his coaching career at the University of Illinois, spending the 1978 season as a graduate assistant before coaching both the running backs and wide receivers for six seasons (1979-84). In 1985, he entered the NFL ranks as he spent one season as the quarterbacks coach/quality control with the Indianapolis Colts. Over the next 13 years, he made collegiate coaching stops at Northern Arizona (1986-89), Utah (1990) and Wisconsin (1991-98). As the quarterbacks coach/offensive coordinator at Wisconsin, the Badgers appeared in five bowl games, which included Rose Bowl victories in 1993 and 1998.

Childress began his collegiate playing career at the University of Illinois before transferring to Eastern Illinois, where he played quarterback and wide receiver. He graduated from Eastern Illinois with a degree in psychology. A native of Aurora, Ill., Childress attended Marmion Christian Academy.

Education: ­Eastern Illinois (B.A. 1978). Born: Aurora, Ill. Family: Wife - Dru-Ann; Children - Andrew, Christopher, Kyle and Cara; Grandsons - Aiden and Brecken, Granddaughters - Brie and Lilli.

Brad Childress enters his 19th year in the NFL and his fifth season with the Chiefs. Childress spent his first three seasons with the club as the spread game analyst/special projects coach. In 2016, he was promoted to co-offensive coordinator alongside Matt Nagy, and most recently was given the title as assistant head coach entering the 2017 season. He owns 37 years of coaching experience on both the collegiate and professional levels.

In four years with the club, he has helped the team reach the playoffs three times, including an AFC West Division title in 2017, the first division championship under this regime. QB Alex Smith's 64.5 completion percentage ranks first among starting quarterbacks in Chiefs history, and in 2017, Smith became the franchise’s all-time leading rusher among QBs (1,317 yards). Childress has been instrumental in the club's 43-21 record since 2013, which ranks as the best record in the first four years of a regime in franchise history. 

Prior to joining the Chiefs, Childress spent the 2012 season as the offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns. Before that, he had a five-year stint as the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings.

As head coach of the Vikings, Childress guided Minnesota to a 39-35 (.527) regular season record as the team won consecutive NFC North division titles (2008-09) for the first time in 28 years (1977-78). In 2009, the team’s passing offense, led by quarterback Brett Favre, finished the season ranked eighth as Favre set career-highs in passer rating (107.2) and completion percentage (68.4%), while throwing 33 touchdown passes. During Childress’ first four seasons at the helm, the Vikings’ rushing offense posted the fourth-most rushing yards in the NFL (136.1 yards per game) and the third-best average per rush attempt (4.5 avg.).

Defensively, the Vikings led the NFL in rushing defense for three straight seasons (2006-08) and finished second in 2009, while leading the league with 48.0 sacks. The defensive unit also ranked sixth in the NFL in total defense in both 2008 and 2009.

Prior to joining the Vikings, Childress spent seven seasons (1999-2005) with Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid. 

In Philadelphia, Childress tutored the quarterbacks for three seasons (1999-01) and spent his final four years as the club’s offensive coordinator (2002-05).

During his tenure with the club, the Eagles posted a 70-42 record (.625), captured four consecutive NFC East Division titles (2001-04) and advanced to the postseason five straight seasons (2000-04). Philadelphia also represented the NFC in Super Bowl XXXIX following the 2004 season. During that year, Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb set franchise records in passer rating (104.7) and completion percentage (64.0 pct.), while becoming the first quarterback in NFL history with more than 30 touchdown passes (31) and fewer than 10 interceptions (eight) in a single season. As offensive coordinator, Childress led a group that ranked in the top 10 in total offense twice, amassed more than 5,000 yards each season and averaged 333.8 yards per game.

Childress began his coaching career at the University of Illinois, spending the 1978 season as a graduate assistant before coaching both the running backs and wide receivers for six seasons (1979-84). In 1985, he entered the NFL ranks as he spent one season as the quarterbacks coach/quality control with the Indianapolis Colts. Over the next 13 years, he made collegiate coaching stops at Northern Arizona (1986-89), Utah (1990) and Wisconsin (1991-98). As the quarterbacks coach/offensive coordinator at Wisconsin, the Badgers appeared in five bowl games, which included Rose Bowl victories in 1993 and 1998.

Childress began his collegiate playing career at the University of Illinois before transferring to Eastern Illinois, where he played quarterback and wide receiver. He graduated from Eastern Illinois with a degree in psychology. A native of Aurora, Ill., Childress attended Marmion Christian Academy.

Education: ­Eastern Illinois (B.A. 1978). Born: Aurora, Ill. Family: Wife - Dru-Ann; Children - Andrew, Christopher, Kyle and Cara; Grandsons - Aiden and Brecken, Granddaughters - Brie and Lilli.