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Mark Ludwig
Mark Ludwig
Title: Head Men's Soccer Coach
Phone: 717-815-1919

Mark Ludwig enters his 16th season at the helm of the York program having become one of the top mentors in the country. Under his tutelage the Spartans’ have accumulated a mark of 236-68-30 including a glistening 140-19-24 record since the 2005 season.

Since 2005, the Green and White have made nine consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament including two appearances in the Elite Eight. York’s first two NCAA bids came on the heels of back-to-back Capital Athletic Conference Tournament championships, while York also enters the 2014 campaign as reigning five-time CAC champs. The Spartans have finished seven out of the past eight seasons with final national rankings of tenth, fifth, fifth, tenth, eighth, 12th, and tenth in 2013.

York's 2014  season was another highly successful campaign as York went 19-3-1 with a fifth straight Capital Athletic Conference championship and a ninth straight NCAA Touranment appearance. The Spartans advanced to the Sweet 16 before falling to eventual runner-up Rutgers-Camden. The Spartans earned their CAC championship with a 1-0 road win at Salisbury in the conference title tilt.

York's 2013 season saw the Spartans capture their fourth straight conference championship, a first for any York College program. The Spartans capped their conference championship with a tournament record 5-0 win over Mary Washington in the championship contest. The Spartans opened the NCAA Tournament with a 1-0 win over St. Joseph's (Long Island) followed by a tie and penalty kick advancement against Rutgers-Camden. In the Sweet 16, York fell behind eventual national champion Messiah 2-0 before roaring back to tie the game and force overtime. After the extra sessions were scoreless, the Falcons ended one of the most exciting games in Graham Field history as they advanced on PK's, ending York's Final Four quest.

The 2012 campaign was different for the Spartans as they started the season 0-2 for the first time since 2001. The next few weeks weren't much better as the Spartans were just 3-5-3 in the first 11 games of the year. The Green and White bounced back in impressive fashion as they reeled off a 10-game unbeaten streak including their third straight CAC tournament championship. The streak ended with a tight 1-0 loss in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. 

In 2011, the Spartans posted a 16-5-1 mark including a flawless 8-0 record in CAC play. Much to their credit, York did not surrender a single goal throughout conference action. The Spartans would go on to secure their fifth CAC Tournament championship courtesy of a penalty-kick shootout victory after a 1-1 draw against Salisbury. York once again reached the NCAA Tournament, chosen as a host for the first and second rounds, but fell 1-0 to Kenyon in the opening match.

In 2009, the Spartan squad posted an outstanding 17-1-5 record including an undefeated 6-0-2 mark in CAC play. Highlighting the campaign, York won the 2009 CAC Tournament title with a 2-1 triumph over Stevenson. The conference crown was York's fourth CAC championship and their third in the past five seasons. With the conference title, the Green and White garnered their fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. York, chosen to host the first- and second-rounds notched 6-0 and 2-0 wins, reaching the Sweet 16 for the third time in the previous four seasons.

The 2008 campaign proved to be one of the top seasons for a Ludwig-guided program. The Spartans posted a sterling 18-0-2 record, including an 18-game win streak to open the season, outscoring their opponents by a wide 59-3 margin, as the three goals allowed ranked the 2008 York squad as the top defensive team in the history of NCAA Division III men’s soccer. A mark tied by Amherst College in 2012.

In 2007, the Green and White stretched their unbeaten streak, which began at the end of the 2005 season, to 49 consecutive contests, one of the top marks in NCAA history. York then climbed to first in the country in mid-October, the first team in York College history to achieve such a ranking. The Spartans made their third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, this time on their first at-large bid. After winning three contests, including a penalty-kick shootout win, the Spartans would bow out in the Elite Eight to Middlebury, the eventual national champion.

Ludwig guided the Spartans to a stellar 2006 season which saw them post a sterling 21-0-3 mark as they won the CAC regular season and tournament crowns and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament before being ousted on penalty kicks. He was again named the CAC and South Region Coach-of-the-Year, having received both honors in 2005, and then earned Division III National Coach-of-the-Year accolades. The Spartans finished the season ranked fifth in the nation after reaching as high as second in the country during the 2006 year, and sported the top winning percentage in NCAA Division III men’s soccer.

Ludwig holds an NSCAA Premier Diploma and has coached 36 of the 37 Spartan Regional All-Americans. Over the past nine years, he has also coached all nine Spartan All-Americans including five first-team honorees, and the 2009 NSCAA National Player-of-the-Year Jon Ports.

In addition to coaching the Spartan men's soccer program, he also teaches math at York College.

Ludwig resides in York with his two sons, Christian and Rees.


Updated 8/23/2014

Jim Mustard
Jim Mustard
Title: Asst. Men's Soccer Coach - Goalkeepers

Jim Mustard enters his seventh season as York’s goalkeeper coach. Mustard has made a huge impact in on the program during his tenure on the Spartan bench.

Under his tutelage, Spartan netminders only allowed three goals during the 2008 campaign, one of the best marks in Division III history, while nabbing 17 total shutouts. In 2009, York's goalkeepers sported an outstanding goals against average of 0.50 while totaling six shutouts. The 2012 campaign was another stellar defensive effort for York as the Green and White boasted a 0.63 goals against average and 12 shutouts. The 2014 seaosn was much of the same as York notched a 0.60 goals against average with 14 goals allowed in 23 games with 14 shutouts.

During his time with the Spartans, Mustard's charges have allowed just 90 goals in 158 games covering 14,798:37 of game action, good for a goals against average of 0.54. The Spartans have notched 92 shutouts during those 158 games. 

In addition to his coaching duties with the Spartan squad, Mustard serves as the Athletic Director at nearby York Country Day School while he is also the head girls goalkeeper coach for the Maryland Olympic Development program, the Region 1 ODP program, and the head goalkeeping coach for FC York. Prior to serving with the Green and White, Mustard was the Millersville University goalkeeper coach. Mustard also holds a USSF "B" coaching licesne and NSCAA National Goalkeeping Diploma.

Updated: 8/23/2014

Chris Hoover
Chris Hoover
Title: Asst. Men's Soccer Coach

Chris Hoover begins his second year on Mark Ludwig's staff in 2014.  Coach Hoover comes to the Spartans after a long career as the head coach at Fallston High School in Fallston, Maryland, where he coached boy’s soccer from 2001-2013.

Hoover brings with him a passion for winning and developing players.  He coached the Cougar boy’s soccer team to a 161-46-9 record for 12 years with a .766 winning percentage.  He coached his team to four Maryland State Finalist runs and earned four Regional championships.  He has helped coach 15 All-State players, 57 1st Team All-Conference players, and helped guide 84 players into the collegiate ranks.

Coach Hoover has experience coaching at the collegiate level where he served as a volunteer assistant coach at Johns Hopkins University from 1996 to 1998.  His connections throughout Maryland will help him with recruiting the best to come to York and his strong educational background will be crucial to continue the Spartan player development.

Updated: 8/24/2014

John Barton
John Barton
Title: Asst. Men's Soccer Coach

John Barton enters his first year on Mark Ludwig's Spartan men's soccer staff.

Barton played collegiate soccer at Shippensburg University from 1994-1997 and earned both a Bachelors degree in psychology and a Masters degree in Secondary Education counseling.

Barton coached nine years of high school soccer in the York area at West York Area High School where he compiled a 115-40-11 record and earned the YAIAA Coach of the Year three times during his Bulldog tenure. Additionally, Barton coached an FC York's boy’s premier team from 2009-11.

In addition to working with the Spartans, Barton is also a middle school counselor at West York Area Middle School.

Barton lives in York with his wife, Amy, and children Dylan, Alexis, and Jacob. 

Updated: 10/8/2013


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