York College head coach Brandon Childs is coming off of his seventh season at the helm of the Green and White.
In 2018, Childs led the Spartans to their most successful season in the program’s history going 19-3 and earning a trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the second time. The Green and White were crowned CAC regular season champions after going a perfect 8-0 in conference play. Childs was awarded the CAC Coach of Year award for the second year in a row and for the third time in his seven year career at York. The 2018 Spartans saw 4 seniors earn USILA Academic All-Amercian honors, a program best 7 USILA All-Americans, and 9 All-CAC selections. Childs led the Spartans to a final ranking of #2 in the nation in the last USILA poll. Known for his offensive play calling and systems, Childs 2018 squad ranked #3 in the nation in defensive efficiency while ranking 6th in offensive efficiency. This balanced approach landed the Spartans 8th nationally in scoring margin for the 2018 season. The Spartans also ranked in the top 10 nationally in winning %, shooting %, clearing %, assists, and groundballs. Off the field, the Spartans excelled in the classroom under Childs’ watch as well, as they set a new program best 3.34 GPA in 2018. The team was led by Senior Ryan Cook who graduated in May earning the DeMeester Award for the highest GPA of any senior male athlete at York.
In 2017, Childs led the Spartans to a 17-4 season as York earned its third trip in four years to the NCAA Tournament. At the conclusion of the season, Childs was named the CAC Coach of the year. The 2017 season also saw a first for the program when senior Conrad Ordakowski became the program’s first positional player of the year, as he was named the country’s top short-stick defender.
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.
The Spartans are 102-36 in Childs' seven seasons at the helm of the program and his career record now sits at 130-55. Childs is now the winningest coach in York men's lacrosse history and is one of the fastest coaches to reach the 100 career win milestone.
While at York, Coach Childs has coached 24 USILA All-Americans, 10 USILA Scholar All-Americans, eight North/South All-stars, one USILA National Position Player of the Year (Conrad Ordakowski in 2017), one Lacrosse Magazine National Rookie of the Year, 3 CAC Rookie of the Year award winners, one CAC Player of the Year, one CAC Scholar Athlete of The Year and 41 All-CAC selections.
Coach Childs with his sons Will and Abel.
Coach Childs Media Links: Mustang Classic Post Game Interview vs. Stevenson (3/18/17) • Mustang Classic Post Game Interview vs. Nazareth (3/17/17) • Green Turtle Mustang Classic Post Game vs. Nazareth (3/18/16) • Green Turtle Mustang Classic Post Game vs. Lynchburg (3/19/17) • The Texas Lacrosse Podcast with Ryan Cassidy (11/16/17) • Iron Sharpens Iron - Inside Lacrosse Feature Story (4/18/2017)
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.|
|2017||17-4||.809||7-1||.875||Advanced to the CAC championshiop game. Earned third NCAA Tournament Berth & advanced to the Sweet 16|
|2018||19-3||.863||8-0||1.000||Advanced to the CAC Championship game, Earned a fourth NCAA Tournametn Berth and advanced to the Elite 8|
Dan Kaplan returns for his second year on Brandon Childs' coaching staff after an outstanding career as a Spartan.
In his first season on the sidelines with the Spartans, Kaplan led the team’s offense to set school records in points, goals per game, assists and assists per game. The 2017 Spartan offense averaged 13.3 goals per game on their way to an impressive 17-4 season and a trip the NCAA Quarterfinals.
Off the field coach Kaplan has been instrumental in the recruiting efforts for the program.
In 2016, Kaplan finished his two year Spartan career scoring 16 goals and 10 assists in two season for the Green and White.
In his sophomore season at Howard Community College, he tallied 42 goals and 15 assists and led the team deep into the NJCAA playoffs.
As he moved from the field to the sidelines, he has brought leadership and incredibly high lacrosse IQ to practice planning and game day prep.
“I could not be more excited about adding Dan to our staff. He has a keen eye for recruiting and his lacrosse IQ will help our staff develop our players individually throughout their four-year careers,” says Childs.
Kaplan has coaching experience in club lacrosse working with the Chesapeake Rock program out of Maryland.
|Title:||Asst. Men's Lacrosse Coach|
Ryan Drenner is entering his first season as an assistant with the Spartans.
Drenner comes to York after a stellar playing career at Towson. The two-time USILA All-American helped lead the Tigers to the 2017 NCAA Division I Final Four. Following his senior season at Towson, Drenner was the 28th overall pick in the 2017 MLL Draft and played his first season of professional lacrosse this summer with the Florida Launch.
Throughout his career, Drenner has won. Starting in high school at Westminster High School in Maryland where he was the Carroll County Player of the Year. Drenner lead his team to the 2013 Maryland State Championship. While at Towson, Drenner won three Colonial Athletic Conference Championships, was the 2016 CAA Player of the Year, and also earned the 2017 Towson University Athlete of the Year. Drenner is a two-time USILA All-American and a USILA Scholar All-American. Professionally, Drenner started on the prolific attack for the Florida Launch in his rookie campaign leading the team to a berth in the league semi-finals.
"We are thrilled to have Ryan join our coaching staff here at York," head coach Brandon Childs said. "Ryan is a hard worker who has a great lacrosse IQ and a keen eye for the game. He has played for some of the best coaches in the game and he brings a new perspective to our offense."
|Title:||Asst. Men's Lacrosse Coach|
Hugh Donovan is entering his first season as an assistant with the Spartans.
Donovan, a 1996 graduate of Bucknell University, has been added as the Spartans' defensive coordinator. Donovan comes to York from Immaculata University where he served as the head men's lacrosse coach for the past three seasons. Prior to Immaculata, Donovan was the head coach at Harford Community College in Bel Air, Maryland for four seasons. Donovan compiled a record of 37-29 over his tenure at Harford, and earned bids to the Region XX Championships in all four seasons. His team's best season came in 2013 when Harford went 12-6, advanced to the Region XX Championship game, and later earned an at-large bid into the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Tournament.
Donovan was a two-time NJCAA Region XX Coaches' Association Coach of the Year in 2012 and 2013. Donovan also spent time at both Bucknell and Mount St. Mary's as an assistant coach.
As a player, Donovan's six-year professional career spanned indoor and outdoor leagues for the Baltimore Thunder, Pittsburgh Crossfire, Washington Power, Colorado Mammoth, Philadelphia Wings, and Baltimore Bayhawks. He made five playoff appearances and was on the MLL Championship Baltimore Bayhawk team in 2001.
Before his successful professional lacrosse career, Donovan was a stand-out at Bucknell as a defenseman. He was an Honorable Mention All-American in 1996 as well as the Defensive Player of the Year in the Patriot League. He was first-team All-Patriot League his junior and senior seasons and second-team All-Patriot League in his sophomore season. Donovan was also a captain his junior and senior season, and a member of the All-Decade Team for the Patriot League in 2000. He was inducted into the Bucknell University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011.
"I am so excited to add someone with as much experience as Hugh has to our staff." Childs said. "Hugh will bring a discipline and intensity to our defense and will lead our recruiting efforts as the team's recruiting coordinator. Hugh has recruited great student athletes wherever he has been and we are excited about the opportunity he will have here at York to do the same."
|Title:||Asst. Men's Lacrosse Coach|
Isaiah Colmore returns for his second year on Brandon Childs' coaching staff after an outstanding career as a Spartan.
In his first season on the sidelines with the Spartans, Colmore was instrumental in leading the face-off unit on a record breaking pace. The 2017 team faced-off at a 59.5% rate, which was the best in the program’s history.
Off the field, Colmore has been instrumental in the implementation of the team’s strength program and overseeing the team’s academics as well.
In 2016, Colmore finished his Spartan career helping the team to its first ever CAC Championship defeating then top-ranked Salisbury University.
“Isaiah brings so much enthusiasm to everything that he does. Our players love him and he motivates our guys to bring their best to everything that they do.” says Childs.