York College head coach Brandon Childs is heading into his eighth year at the helm of the Spartan men's lacrosse program.
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. His peers recognized his efforts when he was honored with The Francis L “Babe” Krauss National Division III Coach of The Year Award in December.
The Green and White were crowned CAC regular season champions after going a perfect 8-0 in conference play. In addition to being the Division III National Coach of the Year, 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 four seniors earn USILA Academic All-Amercian honors, a program best seven USILA All-Americans, and nine 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 sixth in offensive efficiency. This balanced approach landed the Spartans eighth 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, 8 North/South All-stars, 1 national position player of the year, 1 Lacrosse Magazine National Rookie of the Year, 3 CAC Rookie of the Year award winners, 1 CAC Player of the Year, 1 CAC Scholar Athlete of The Year and 41 All-CAC selections.
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 stood as a school record for Lynchburg until the 2016 season. 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 and in the fall of 2016, he was inducted into the Lynchburg College Athletic Hall of Fame.
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 eight.
"I believe we are building a sustained level of excellence," states Childs. "We have continued to develop 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 have three core beliefs here at York. More specifically when people watch the York College Lacrosse team play they will be able to identify these core beliefs by the words which drive our culture; serving others, working hard and staying humble.”
Childs resides in York with his wife, Annie, and his children, Ellie (8), Will (6), Abel (4) Jude (1).
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)
Dan Kaplan returns for his third year on Brandon Childs' coaching staff after an outstanding career as a Spartan.
In 2018, Kaplan led the team’s offense to set school records in points, goals per game, assists, and assists per game. The 2018 offense averaged 14.82 goals, which included a perfect 8-0 in the CAC regular season, an appearance in the CAC championship game, and a trip to the NCAA quarterfinals. The Spartans were ranked as high as 2nd in the country in 2018.
Additionally, the Spartans excelled at sharing the ball, as they ranked 8th in the country in assisted goals with 188 for the season. Under Kaplan’s guidance, Junior attackmen Thomas Pfeiffer was named a first team All American along with Senior midfielders Matt Whitcher, another first team selection, and Dillon Hannah, a second team selection.
In 2017, his first season on the sidelines with the Spartans, Kaplan led the team’s offense to average 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. He currently resides with his fiancee, Brittany Noell, a former Women’s Lacrosse player for the Spartans, in Columbia, Maryland.
|Title:||Asst. Coach - Defensive Coordinator|
Matt Whitcher returns for his first season as assistant coach after a four year career with the Spartans. Whitcher, a two-way midfielder, finished his career with 119 points on 86 goals and 33 assists, while picking up 125 ground balls and causing 48 turnovers.
In 2018, Whitcher, a team captain, was named a first team USILA All-American, a Scholar All-American, and 1st team All-CAC selection for his efforts on both sides of the ball. In 2017, Whitcher was a 2nd team All-CAC selection after finishing with 34 points on 23 goals and 11 assists along with 12 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers.
As a short stick defender, Whitcher was part of a defense that held opponents to 6.82 goals per game, as well as part of the man-down unit, en route to three appearances in the NCAA tournament in his four year career.
|Title:||Asst. Men's Lacrosse Coach|
Isaiah Colmore returns for his third year on Brandon Childs' coaching staff after an outstanding career as a Spartan.
In 2018, Colmore was instrumental in leading the face-off unit on a record-breaking pace. The 2018 team faced off at 60.6% which was the best in the programs history, an improvement from the previous record of 59.9% from 2017. Under Colmore’s guidance, junior faceoff midfielder Billy Sasso earned All-American Honorable Mention as well as being a 1st team All-CAC selection.
Off the field, Colmore has been involved in the implementation of the team’s strength program and overseeing the team’s academics as well. He is a certified USAW level two and CSAC speed and agility coach.
A former walk on turned proven leader, Colmore embodies everything it means to be a York Men’s Lacrosse player. 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.
|Title:||Asst. Coach - Offense|
Dillon Hannah returns for his first season as an assistant coach after an impressive four year career with the Spartans. Hannah finished with 170 points on 114 goals and 56 assists while playing in a school record 84 games.
In 2018, Hannah, a team captain, led an offense that ranked in the top ten nationally in offensive efficiency. He was named a 2nd team USILA All-American as well as a scholar All-American, in addition to being a 1st team All-CAC selection. In 2015, Hannah was named the CAC Rookie of the Year after finishing the season with 49 points on 31 goals and 18 assists.