York College head coach Brandon Childs enters his sixth season at the helm of the Green and White after five highly successful seasons at York.
In 2016, Childs led the Spartans to a school-record 18 wins as York earned its first Capital Athletic Conference Championship defeating top-ranked Salisbury. The Spartans made their second appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and went all the way to the Elite Eight falling in overtime to Gettysburg College in the national quarterfinals.
In 2014, the Spartans advanced to the round of 16 in their first year in the tournament. For his efforts in 2014, Childs was named CAC Coach of the year and was one of five finalists for the USILA National Coach of The Year.
In addition to the Spartans' 2016 team success, four Spartans earned All-CAC honors and those same four Spartans were named USILA All-Americans. Seniors Caleb Abney and Josh Kluver were also named to the USILA Academic All-American Team and both played in the North/South All-Star Game. Freshmen Hunter Davis was named Lacrosse Magazine’s Division III Rookie of the Year for his effort in his first year wearing the Green and White.
The Spartans are 66-29 in Childs' five seasons at the helm of the program and his career record now sits at 94-48. Childs is now the winningest coach in York men's lacrosse history and is just six wins away from reaching the 100 career win milestone.
While at York, Coach Childs has coached 11 USILA All-Americans, five USILA Scholar All Americans, five North/South All-stars, one Lacrosse Magazine National Rookie of the Year, three CAC Rookie of the Years, one CAC Player of the Year, one CAC Scholar Athlete of The Year and 24 All CAC selections.
Childs, the fourth coach in program history, has had a strong run of success during his coaching career. While at Eastern University, he posted an overall record of 28-19 including a 23-9 mark in conference play. Childs led the Eagles to a trio of MAC tournament appearances.
Prior to taking over the Eastern program, Childs was a three-year assistant at Dickinson College where he directed the Red Devil offense. Dickinson went 27-16 over his three years in Carlisle.
Childs began his coaching career after a stellar four-year tenure as a player at Lynchburg College. He concluded his career with 193 points on 91 goals and 102 assists. His 102 assists stood as a school record for Lynchburg until this past spring. He was a USILA All-American as a junior and again as a senior while he was also a Scholar All-American as a senior. Childs was a three-time ODAC All-Conference player for the Hornets and in the fall of 2016 will inducted into the Lynchburg College Athletic Hall of Fame.
At the conclusion of his playing career, Childs served as an assistant coach for the Hornet program as he pursued his Masters' Degree in Educational Leadership. He completed his advanced degree in May of 2008.
Childs is happy with the state of the Spartan program heading into year six.
"I believe we are building a sustained level of excellence," states Childs. "We have continued to change the culture and the expectations for our players. We will outwork our opponents, playing a fast paced style of lacrosse, working incredibly hard in the classroom, and most importantly the York Lacrosse team will be built upon men with the highest level of character. As we continue to do this, the wins take care of themselves."
Childs believes the trademarks of his team come into sharper focus each year.
"We will have four pillars to our success. Talent, Vision, Commitment, Character. More specifically when people watch the York College Lacrosse team play they will use words like tough, talented, hardworking, and committed to describe our play. When people see the York College lacrosse team off the field they will use words like excellent, compassionate, caring, and hardworking."
In the fall of 2012, Childs assumed the role of York College S.A.A.C Supervisor. He coordinates and organize York's Student Athlete Advisory Counsel activities throughout the school year including the Spartans' relationship with the York County Special Olympics program.
Childs resides in York with his wife, Annie, and his children, Ellie (6) Will (4) and Abel (3).
Coach Childs with his sons Will and Abel.
BRANDON CHILDS BY THE NUMBERS
Overall Winning %
|CAC Record||CAC Winning %||Team Accomplishments|
|2013||13-4||.765||5-1||.833||Second in the CAC, advanced the CAC semifinals|
|2014||16-5||.761||6-1||.857||Advanced to the CAC Championship game. Earned first NCAA Tournament Berth & Advanced to the Sweet 16|
|2016||18-4||.818||7-1||.875||Won first CAC Tournament Championship. Earned second NCAA Tournament Berth. Advanced to the Elite Eight.|
Dan Kaplan joins Brandon Childs' coaching staff after an outstanding career as a Spartan.
He finished his two year Spartan career scoring 16 goals and 10 assists in two season for the Green and White.
In his sophomore season at Howard Community College, he tallied 42 goals and 15 assists and led the team deep into the NJCAA playoffs.
As he moves from the field to the sidelines, he will bring his leadership and incredibly high lacrosse IQ to practice planning and game day prep.
“I could not be more excited about adding Dan to our staff. He has a keen eye for recruiting and his lacrosse IQ will help our staff develop our players individually throughout their four-year careers.” Says Childs.
Kaplan has coaching experience in club lacrosse working with the Chesapeake Rock program our of Maryland.
|Title:||Asst. Men's Lacrosse Coach|
Eric Lombardo begins his first year as an assistant coach for the Spartans. He is coming off of a stellar playing career that began at Division I Hobart College, and finished with a National Championship appearance at Lynchburg College.
At Lynchburg, Lombardo played in every game in his junior and senior seasons. Lombardo's playing career was highlighted by his senior season 2015 in which he anchored one of the best defensive units in school history. His playing career ended with Lynchburg’s loss to Tufts in the 2015 National Championship game. Lombardo was awarded USILA First-Team All-American, All-State First Team, All-ODAC First-Team in his senior season, but it his energy and passion for the lacrosse and developing the young men off the field that he hopes to transfer to the student-athletes of York College.
Lombardo serves as the Spartan’s defensive coordinator and oversees the direction of the team’s strength and conditioning program.