York College head coach Brandon Childs enters his seventh season at the helm of the Green and White after six highly successful seasons 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 for the second time in his career. 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 83-33 in Childs’ six seasons at the helm of the program and his career record now sits at 111-52. Childs is now the winningest coach in York men’s lacrosse history and is one of the fastest to reach the 100 career win milestone.
While at York, Coach Childs has coached 17 USILA All-Americans, six USILA Scholar All-Americans, five North/South All-stars, one national position player of the year, one Lacrosse Magazine National Rookie of the Year, three CAC Rookie of the Year award winners, one CAC Player of the Year, one CAC Scholar Athlete of The Year and 32 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 six.
“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.”
Childs resides in York with his wife, Annie, and his children, Ellie (7), Will (5), Abel (4) and the couple is expecting their fourth child in October of 2017.
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.”
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.
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.”
Michael Hofmeister was hired as the University’s head men’s lacrosse coach on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Hofmeister came to Scranton after spending the previous six seasons as an assistant at two of the top programs in the region. He spent the 2017 season as an assistant at Roanoke, helping the Maroons go 12-4 and finish tied for first in the regular season in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC). Prior to that, he was an assistant at York (Pa.) for five seasons, where he helped the Spartans go a combined 66-29 and win the Capital Athletic Conference title in 2016.
A 2010 graduate of Eastern University where he was a team captain and an all-conference selection on the lacrosse field, Hofmeister has extensive experience both on and off the field. At Roanoke, he ran the team’s office and man-up units as the Maroons averaged 15.88 goals per game last season. He also served as the recruiting coordinator and helped prepare scouting reports for each opponent.
During his time at York, Hofmeister worked with the offense on a daily basis and ran the substitution box during games. He was also instrumental in recruiting, scouting, practice planning and alumni and parent relations.
In 2017 at Roanoke, Hofmeister was part of a program that produced five United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-Americans, one USILA Scholar All-American, one North/South All-Star, 11 all-ODAC players and the ODAC Rookie of the Year. The Maroons also spent eight weeks ranked in the top 20, climbing as high as 15th at one point.
In his five seasons at York, Hofmeister helped the Spartans go from 9-7 in his first season to 18-4 and a CAC championship by 2016, a season that included a trip to the NCAA quarterfinals, eight wins against nationally ranked opponents and a school record for wins in a season.
During Hofmeister’s time there, York advanced to the CAC semifinals each season and had four of its six winningest seasons in program history, its first two NCAA Tournament appearance and its first NCAA Tournament victory. He coached the CAC Rookie of the Year three times as well as 11 All-Americans, five USILA Scholar All-Americans, five North/South All-Stars, one CAC Player of the Year, one CAC Scholar Athlete of the Year and 24 all-CAC honorees.
Hofmeister graduated from Eastern with a bachelor of science degree in business management. He has extensive experience as a coach and presenter at numerous lacrosse camps and was the director of the Nike Lacrosse Offense Defense Challenge Camp in Texas and Virginia this summer.