One of South Carolina's most decorated women's golfers ever, Clarissa Childs is in her seventh season on the Gamecock women's golf staff. Childs, who finished her Lady Gamecock career in 1996, was an assistant coach for five years but is participating on the LPGA Tour and serves as a volunteer assistant coach for Coach Kristi Coggins' team.
A four-year all-Southeastern Conference honoree who competed at South Carolina from 1992-96 and was a key member of Gamecock teams that advanced to the NCAA Championships in 1993, 1995 and 1996, Childs earned first-team all-SEC honors in 1994 and 1995. She finished third at the 1995 SEC Championships and finished 14th at the 1995 NCAA Championships with a score of 71-75-74-76=296 to help Carolina to a ninth-place finish at NCAAs, marking the school's best showing ever at the NCAA Championships. Childs was South Carolina's top finisher at the 1996 NCAA East Regional, finishing 12th with a score of 77-71-78-226. She had seven top-five finishes during her career as a Gamecock, a mark that ranks third in school history. Childs earned medalist honors at the 1993 Carolyn Cudone Intercollegiate and graduated from Carolina in 1996 with a degree in interdisciplinary studies.
Childs joined the LPGA Tour in 2002, competing in eight events. In 2003, she competed in six events on the Futures Tour and posted two top-10 finishes, then returned to the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament, where she tied for fifth to earn exempt status for the 2004 season. In 2002, Childs recorded her career-low 69 at the Sybase Big Apple Classic Presented by Golf Magazine, where she tied for 31st for her career-best finish. Childs returned to the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament and tied for 51st to earn non-exempt status for the 2003 season. In 2001, she tied for 31st at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to earn non-exempt status for the 2002 season. From 1997-2001, Childs competed on the SBC Futures Tour and posted 10 top-10 finishes and recorded a hole-in-one at the 1998 U.S. Women's Open.