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.|
Michael Hofmeister enters his fifth year on Brandon Childs' staff. He was promoted as the Spartan lead assistant coach in the fall of 2012. Hofmeister possesses extensive playing experience and that enables him to relate and coach the Spartan players.
Hofmeister serves as the team's offensive coordinator and runs their substitution box on game days. He is heavily involved in all aspects of the program such as recruiting, scouting and practice & game planning.
A 2010 graduate of Eastern University in St. David’s, Pa., Hofmeister played for the Eagles for four seasons, appearing in each contest during his career. Hofmeister was named a captain for his senior season and garnered all-conference honors as a midfielder. An Eastern University Alumni Award recipient, he received the Coaches Award in 2008 and the Heart Award in 2010.
Rob Day is entering his first season as the assistant men’s lacrosse coach on Brandon Child’s York College staff. Day will serve as the Spartan’s defensive coordinator.
Day comes to York from Albright College where he was an assistant men’s lacrosse for the 2014-15 season. While at Albright, Day helped the Lions post a 13-4 record and a MAC conference playoff berth. Under Day’s guidance, the Lions’ defense allowed only 7.1 goals per game. Day also helped mentor Albright’s first ever USILA All-American and MAC conference player of year in addition to seven other all-conference players.
Prior to Albright, Day spent the 2013-14 season at Rosemont College where he was an assistant coach. While at Rosemont, Day helped elevate the Ravens program to a school record for victories in a season. Day was primarily responsible for coaching the team’s defense and helped produce the program’s first defenseman to make the All-CSAC team.
Day graduated from Lynchburg College in January of 2013 with a degree in exercise physiology. He was a four-year member of the Lynchburg College men’s lacrosse team which was perennially ranked in the Top-20 nationally. In his senior season, he helped the Hornets to a 17-2 record and a berth in the NCAA tournament. Day was part of a Lynchburg team that competed for an ODAC Championship in three consecutive seasons and won the title in 2012.
Day also has been coaching with LB3/Phillie Elite LLC since 2009 and is currently the co-head coach of the 2017 Phillie Elite team.
Day also has previous experience in strength and conditioning. While at Rosemont, Day was the head strength and conditioning coach and was responsible for programming and implementing strength and conditioning programs for 13 Division III varsity teams. He also spent the 2014 summer as strength and conditioning coach with Villanova University’s football program.
Prior to Rosemont, Day worked at Summit Sports Training Center, a private sports performance center. He programmed and implemented strength and conditioning programs for individual athletes of all sports, ranging from youth to professional athletes.
Day is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the NSCA, and currently pursuing his masters in science of sport and exercise psychology from Lock Haven University.
Day is a native of Doylestown, Pa., and attended Lansdale Catholic High School. He currently resides in Lancaster, Pa with his wife Tarah.