Evan Scheffey was named the new York College men's soccer coach on March 12. He takes over for former head coach Mark Ludwig who resigned his position in December.
Scheffey is extremely familiar with the Spartan program as he was a four-year starting defender for the Green and White from 2005-2008. He has served as the lead assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Virginia Wesleyan College since January of 2013.
Scheffey was an outstanding player and leader during his time in the Green and White. The Spartans accumulated a record of 78-5-9 during his tenure as a player in York. He was a three-time First Team All-Capital Athletic Conference player, a two-time Capital Athletic Conference champion, a three-time First Team NSCAA All-Region selection and a 2008 NSCAA Third Team All-American. The Spartans advanced to the NCAA Tournament in all four of Scheffey's seasons on the squad, including a berth in the Elite Eight in both 2006 and 2007.
Scheffey was named to the Capital Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Silver Anniversary team this past fall, recognizing him as one of the Top 25 men's soccer players in the 25 years of the CAC.
Not only was Scheffey a fantastic player for the Green and White, but he was also a three-year team captain for York.
"This truly is a dream come true for me to return to York as the head men's soccer coach," said Scheffey. "The men's soccer program and York College community is a huge part of the fabric of who I am as a person and I couldn't be more humbled and excited to call York College home once again. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Assistant Dean for Athletics and Recreation, Paul Saikia, and the rest of the search committee for entrusting me with the leadership of the program moving forward. Additionally I would like to thank Mark Ludwig for giving me the opportunity to come to York ten years ago and also for building a very strong foundation for the program. I would also like to thank Bryan Laut at Goucher College for providing the opportunity to get into collegiate coaching and also Chris Mills and Jeff Bowers at Virginia Wesleyan College for their continued guidance and investment in me over the past two years at Virginia Wesleyan College. I could not be more excited to get to York and get to work."
Saikia was pleased to get someone with a deep connection to the Spartan men's soccer family.
"We were fortunate to have a strong pool of applicants which lead to some great interviews," said Saikia. "But, among other factors, we felt as though Evan's truly-heartfelt connection to York College and the program made his candidacy exceptional. We have been building an awesome staff of motivated, energetic coaches with high character and priorities. Evan is a perfect addition and brings the promise of even greater things to a program that is already quite accomplished."
Scheffey's coaching resume after leaving York was quite appealing to Saikia. He started his post-playing career with an assistant coaching position at Goucher College, a member of the Landmark Conference. In his is first year as a Gophers assistant, Goucher improved their league mark by three wins and their overall record by two wins and a tie after going 4-14 in 2010. Scheffey also spearheaded the recruiting efforts as Goucher brought in a class of 12 players from five different states.
In his second year in Towson, the Gophers had a freshman class that included a dynamic group of newcomers. One freshman led all Landmark newcomers in scoring with seven goals during the year. Not only was Scheffey active on the recruiting trail, but he also established a Goucher Men's Soccer alumni networking night, bringing current players and alumni together to create working relationships.
Scheffey then moved to Virginia Wesleyan in early 2013 where he immersed himself in the program. The Marlins finished 16-5-1 overall and 9-2 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference in Scheffey's first year on the VWC staff. Those numbers were a dramatic improvement over the 2012 season; a campaign in which Virginia Wesleyan went 8-10-2 overall and 6-5 in the league. It was the sixth best turnaround in Division III men's soccer in 2013. He was responsible for recruiting and coaching the 2013 ODAC Rookie-of-the-Year Kyle Fisher.
In Scheffey's second year, the Marlins went 11-4-4 overall including a 7-2-2 mark in the ODAC. The team GPA was over 3.0 for the third consecutive semester as 14 players earned Dean's List honors.
"We are going to relentlessly pursue the highest standards in every facet of our program," states Scheffey. "These expectations not only include winning at the highest level on the field but also being recognized and respected for our hard work in the classroom while being an integral part of the surrounding community."
Scheffey also has extensive club coaching experience, as he was a U-16 and U-18 head coach with FC York from October of 2009 through January 2013. He was also the head coach of Beach FC in Virginia Beach from May 2013 until March of 2015.
Scheffey owns an NSCAA National Diploma as he completed that with Distinguished Pass. Scheffey begins his duties in York in late March.
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.
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.
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.