Brandon Spalding is in his fifth season as the head men's cross country coach and assistant men's track & field coach at Washington and Lee University. In his first four seasons, the cross country team has qualified for the NCAA Championship once, won the ODAC Championship twice, finished third at the conference meet on two different occasions and he has been named the ODAC Coach of the Year twice. The two ODAC Titles are the first for the program since 2007.
In 2016, Spalding coached the Generals to a second-place finish at the NCAA South/Southeast Region, which earned W&L an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship. It marked the first time the program qualified since the 1995 season and just the third time in program history. The Blue and White finished 27th at the National Meet and ended the season ranked 27th, the highest ranking in team history.
Spalding received his second consecutive ODAC Coach of the Year award in 2016. Mac Strehler ’17 earned ODAC Runner of the Year and first team accloades, and he was joined on the All-ODAC first team by Ian McDonald ’17 and MacKenzye Leroy ’18. Cooper Baird ’19 made the All-ODAC Second Team.
The Generals had two runners earn First Team All-ODAC accolades (McDonald & Strehler) in 2015, and two made it on the second team (Levi Warring ’16 & Alex Dolwick ’19). Strehler was named the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Spalding was named the ODAC Coach of the Year. W&L went on to place sixth at the NCAA South/Southeast Regional, which was the program's best finish since 2007.
Along with a third-place finish in 2014, Spalding coached McDonald to ODAC Runner of the Year accolades for winning the individual ODAC title. McDonald became the first conference champion since 2005. Strehler also earned First Team All-ODAC honors, taking fourth, and 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 Warring) garner all-region recognition.
In his four season coaching the cross country team, Spalding has had his runners earn 12 all-region accolades and 12 All-ODAC honors.
Over his four years as an assistant track coach, Spalding has also coached two individuals and one relay to 12 ODAC Championships -- Strehler in the indoor 5,000m (2014 & 2017) and outdoor 10,000m (2017) and McDonald in the outdoor 1,500m (2014, 2016 & 2017), the indoor mile (2015, 2016 & 2017) and the indoor 3,000m (2015 & 2016). The distance medley relay, consisting of Hank Patrick ’19, Albert Del Cristo ’19, Jake Roberts ’17 and Warring, claimed the title in 2016.
Following the 2017 indoor track and field season, Spalding was named the USTFCCCA's South/Southeast Regional Assistant Coach of the Year. During the 2014-15 track and field season, Spalding helped coach McDonald to All-America honors in the mile, when McDonald finished second in the mile (4:12.07) at the NCAA 2015 Indoor Track and Field Championship. The time set a new school and ODAC record. Under Spalding's guidance, Strehler qualified for the NCAA Championship in the 10,000m in 2017.
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 earned his masters in coaching and athletics administration from Concordia University Irvine in 2017. He 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.