Brandon Spalding is in his third season as the head men's cross country coach and assistant men's track & field coach at Washington and Lee University. In his first two seasons, the cross country team placed third at the ODAC Championship twice, which marked the program's best finishes since 2009.
Along with a third-place finish in 2014, Spalding coached Ian McDonald to ODAC Runner of the Year accolades for winning the individual ODAC title. McDonald became the first conference champion since 2005. Mac Strehler also earned First Team All-ODAC honors, taking fourth, and Levi Warring garnered Second Team All-ODAC laurels.
At the NCAA South/Southeast Regional, Warring finished seventh overall to qualify for the NCAA Division III Championship. He was the Generals' first qualifier since 2007. W&L finished seventh at the Regional, and had three all-region runners (Warring, Strehler and McDonald). Warring went on to place 222nd out of 280 competitors at the national championship.
In his first season, Spalding coached Strehler to First Team All-ODAC accolades, and Strehler was named the Rookie of the Year, W&L's first since 2004. The Generals took 12th at the NCAA South/Southeast Region Championship and had two runners (Strehler and sophomore Levi Warring) garner all-region recognition.
During the track and field seasons, Spalding helped coach McDonald to All-America honors in the mile, when McDonald finished second (4:12.07) at the NCAA 2015 Indoor Track and Field Championship. The time set a new school and ODAC record.
Spalding has also coached two individuals to four ODAC Championships -- Strehler in the indoor 5,000m (2014) and McDonald in the outdoor 1,500m (2014), the indoor mile (2015) and the indoor 3,000m (2015). McDonald was named the Athlete of the Meet at the indoor championship in 2015 and Strehler was named the Rookie of the Meet at the indoor championship in 2014.
Spalding came to W&L from Rhodes College, where he served as an assistant men's and women's cross country and assistant men's and women's track & field coach for the previous two years.
During his time at Rhodes, Spalding helped coach 10 cross country runners to all-conference accolades, while helping lead the women's cross country team to a second-place finish at the NCAA South/Southeast Region Championship and a berth to the NCAA National Championships in 2011. He also helped coach both the men's and women's track & field teams to a SAA Outdoor Championship this spring, while mentoring nine all-conference runners and three conference champions. Spalding has also helped coach his runners to a combined three school records over his two seasons.
Prior to arriving at Rhodes, Spalding served as the head men's and women's cross country coach and assistant track & field coach at Bethany College in West Virginia from 2010-11. In cross country, he helped coach a woman to the program's highest individual finish in five seasons, while also coaching the first men's all-conference runner in three years. In two seasons with the track & field programs, he assisted in producing three all-conference runners and two new school records, while also coaching an NCAA Provisional Qualifier in the 800 meters in 2011.
Spalding is a 2009 graduate of Bridgewater College, where he earned a bachelor of science in health and exercise science. He was a three-time First Team All-ODAC honoree on the cross country course, earning all-region honors three times, including in 2006 when he finished fifth overall at the NCAA South/Southeast Region Championships and qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship meet. In track & field, he earned Second Team All-ODAC honors four times, doing so in the 5,000 meters and with the distance medley relay team.
Spalding holds a USA Track & Field Level 1 Coaching Certification and is also certified in First Aid and CPR/AED. He competed at the 2009 Marine Corps Marathon and the 2011 Boston Marathon.