Courtesy of York Athletic Communications
York College head men’s lacrosse coach Brandon Childs has been named the USILA Division III National Coach of the Year as announced at the 2018 Annual IMLCA (Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association) Convention in Baltimore, Maryland on Friday.
Childs, who is entering his eighth year at the helm of the program, has presided over an incredible run of success for the Spartan program over the last seven seasons and 2018 was no exception. The Spartans went 19-3, earned their fourth straight NCAA Tournament berth, went 8-0 in conference play, and advanced to their second Elite Eight in three years.
Childs earned his 100th win on the Spartan sideline during the campaign as he boasts a winning percentage of .739 in his seven years at the helm of the program. York is 43-10 in conference play under Childs including 22-2 over the last three years with a regular season and a CAC tournament championship.
Childs guided a team that placed a school-record nine players on the All-CAC squads including seven first team selections. Childs was named the CAC Coach of the Year for the second straight year and the third time in his career. York had three players earn first-team USILA All-American honors while four others were also recognized on the second and honorable mention teams.
The Spartans success in 2018 was not limited to their work on the field. The Spartans were also successful in the classroom as the 2018 squad finished the year with a team GPA of 3.27 for his 48-man team. That GPA was the second highest among the 11 men’s sports at York College. Midfielder Ryan Cook was named the Dr. William DeMeester Award Male Athlete award winner recognizing the top senior student in the York College Athletic program. Cook graduated with a GPA of 3.88.
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 the fastest coaches to reach the 100 career win milestone in Spartan history. While at York, 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 (Hunter Davis in 2016), three 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.
Childs and the Spartans open the 2019 campaign on February 9 when they host Washington and Lee at Kinsley Field. The Spartans open the season with three of their first four games at home.