Elliott Childress is in his 5th year as Athletic Director at Triangle Math & Science Academy. He oversees all aspects of the Tiger Athletics program at the high school and middle school levels.
Coach Childress graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Education K-12 and a minor in Human Studies. He also played baseball while at ASU. He spent 8 years coaching baseball at the high school level before obtaining his Master’s Degree in Physical Education from East Carolina University and pursuing a career in Athletic Administration.
Under Childress’ leadership, Triangle Math & Science Academy made the successful transition from the CAASC Athletic Conference to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) in the fall of 2019 - as part of the North Central 1A Athletic Conference. In 2021, TMSA joined the Central Tar Heel 1A Athletic Conference. In the Spring of 2022, Coach Childress started the Greater Triangle Athletic Conference (GTAC) for middle school. He currently serves as the President.
In the Fall of 2021, TMSA earned its first state championship berth in an individual sport
(Cross Country) by earning 3 state qualifying times (Mina Cayli, Courtney McCloughan, and
Essey Beraki). Cayli (54th) holds the record for highest place finish for our Women's team to date and Beraki set the school record for highest place finish for our Men's team at the time (93rd).
In the Winter of 2021/2022, both of TMSA's Varsity Basketball teams made the playoffs for the first time in school history. The Women's team earned the #25 seed while the men's team earned the #20 seed - both in the 1A East.
In the Spring of 2022, the Men’s Tennis secured TMSA’s first team championship in school
history. Two pairs of double teams (Prahalad Srinivasan/Eric Wu and Alex
Rhodes/Harvik Kolla) qualified for 1A East Regional play. As a team, TMSA
earned the #1 seed for NCHSAA Dual-Team playoffs.
During the 2021-2022 athletic year, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer, and Men's Tennis set school records for wins in their respective sports and all teams qualified for the NCHSAA state tournament for the first time in school history.
In the Fall of 2022, Nishant Srinivasa qualified as an individual for the State Championship meet in Cross Country. His 88th place finish is the highest place finish for the Men's team to date.
During the Winter of 2022/2023, the Women's Basketball team earned the #16 seed in the NCHSAA 1A East playoffs. As a result, TMSA hosted its first-ever playoff game, and later, recorded their first playoff win in NCHSAA history (a 65-35 win over Weldon High School). They also set a school record for wins in a season.
In the Spring of 2023, the Men’s Tennis secured another Central Tar Heel Conference championship. This was the first back-to-back championship in school history. After setting a season record for wins, TMSA earned the #2 seed for NCHSAA Dual-Team playoffs in the 1A East Regional. They went on to finish as Regional Runner-Up. This was the first time in school history that a team has made a regional final. They also set another season-high wins total in 2023.
On the individual side of Men's Tennis, Prahalad Srinivasan was named Central Tar Heel Conference Player of the Year, along with winning the 1A East Regional Individual title (both were respective firsts in TMSA Men's Tennis history). Additionally, Eric Wu also qualified for regionals in singles and the duo of Harvik Kolla and Alex Rhodes qualified for regional play in doubles as well.
In addition to Men's Tennis success in the Spring of 2023, the Women's Soccer team also set records of their own - setting a program record for victories and capturing the first Women's Soccer playoff win (a 3-2 PK win at Southside HS) in school history. Our Baseball team also set program records for wins.
“I am excited to continue to build an athletic program that represents the diverse community that is Triangle Math & Science Academy. Since 2012, TMSA has been the gold standard in academics and I believe that with the hard work and dedication of our student-athletes, coaches, parents, administration, and community, our athletics program can follow suit, continuing to reach new heights year in and year out.”
“As a former high school and collegiate athlete, as well as a coach, I understand the value that education-based athletics affords our student-athletes. Not only does participation in sports improve fitness levels and sport-specific performance, it also teaches student-athletes how to be a better teammate, how to handle adversity, and how there is no substitute for hard work. Education-based athletics also has a positive impact on academic success, as well as help students learn how to manage their time and develop leadership and teamwork skills that will transcend the realm of athletics and prepare them for their future.”