After a nationwide search, Saikia selected Childs to be the first full-time head coach in the history of the program and the fourth head coach in the 12-year history of the program. Childs follows Jim Griffin who was the Spartans' coach for the last seven years.
"I am very excited to have Brandon joining the Spartan coaching staff," states Saikia. "I believe his values, work ethic, knowledge, and passion are a perfect fit for our department and for York College Men's Lacrosse. We'll look to Brandon to take us forward on the field and to establish a culture of excellence in all aspects of our Men's Lacrosse program. In addition, his role as Strength and Conditioning coach will provide him opportunities to have a positive effect on all of our student-athletes and their respective teams."
Childs has had a strong run of success during his coaching career. While at Eastern, 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, still stands as a school record for Lynchburg. 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.
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 thrilled to get the opportunity to lead the Spartan program.
"First, I would like to thank Dean Merkle, Paul Saikia, and the rest of the search committee for this great opportunity," states Childs. "York's athletic department strives for excellence. The overall program is very successful and I believe that the future is very bright. Lacrosse specifically has a very high ceiling. Coach Griffin has done a good job with the program and my hopes are that we can come to York and build off of the positive momentum.
Childs also has experience in directing programs geared towards maintaining high academic levels for men's lacrosse student-athletes.
"Brandon's philosophies with regard to the significance of academic commitment fit very closely with the mission of York College and our Athletic Department. My expectation is that our lacrosse student-athletes will travel a very demanding, holistic, and fulfilling path."
Childs has high expectations for the Spartan program from the start.
"My immediate goal is to instill a new culture. We will work to create a culture that includes outworking 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. If we can do this, the wins will take care of themselves."
Childs knows what the trademarks of his team will be.
"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."
Childs begins his Spartan duties the last week of August. He will open his first fall practice season in mid-September. He is very excited to get to work.
"I am so excited to get started and I am so grateful for this opportunity. This is a blessing for me, my wife Anne and my daughter Ellie. This opportunity truly gives our family a place that we can continue to grow."
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