York College head coach Brandon Childs enters his fifth season at the helm of the Green and White after four successful seasons at York.
In 2014, Childs led the Spartans to a school-record 16 wins as York earned a share of the Conference regular season title and the second seed in the CAC tournament. The Spartans made their first appearance in the CAC title game and received a Pool C (at-large) birth to the NCAA Tournament, also a program first. The Spartans advanced to the round of 16 in their first year in the tournament. For his efforts, 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' 2014 team success, a school-record six Spartans earned All-CAC honors including the Capital Athletic Conference Rookie-of-the-Year, Garrett Barker. Five Spartans were named USILA All-Americans and Senior Seth Krolus was named to the USILA Academic All-American Team. Junior attackman Tyler Hutson was named to the COSIDA Academic All-American team as well.
The Spartans are 48-25 in Childs' three seasons at the helm of the program and his career record now sits at 76-44.
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, 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 happy with the state of the Spartan program heading into year five.
"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 (5) Will (3) and Abel (2).