Brandeis Athletics: An Overview

Brandeis Athletics: An Overview

Brandeis fields 19 Division III varsity athletic programs. The Judges compete in the University Athletic Association (UAA), comprising Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western Reserve University, Emory University, New York University, the University of Chicago, the University of Rochester and Washington University (St. Louis). UAA teams are among the most successful athletic programs in the nation, giving Brandeis athletes a chance to prove themselves against the best Division III has to offer.

Through participation in varsity athletics at Brandeis, student-athletes should develop skills to work effectively as part of a team, improve individual skills and overall performance, learn to communicate effectively with diverse populations, develop leadership skills, and demonstrate and understand sportsmanship and fairness.

Over the years, Brandeis has won NCAA team championships in men's soccer (1976) and men's cross country (1983), as well as 24 individual titles. Over the past decade, Brandeis teams have earned 24 NCAA Division III Tournament berths and won 10 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Association (ECAC) New England crowns. Nine different Judges teams have earned national rankings in that span, with men's and women's basketball and men's and women's soccer all reaching the top 10 in the nation.

In 2017-18, the men's and women's soccer teams continued a run of success. The men reached the Final Four for the second year in a row, marking the first time in program history a Brandeis team reached the national semifinals in back-to-back seasons. It was the Judges' sixth-straight trip to the Sweet 16 of the tournament, the second-longest active streak in the sport in Division III. The women added their fourth-straight NCAA tournament berth, reaching the second round with an upset of a higher-ranked squad in the first round before falling to the eventual national champions. The Judges also had success in cross country and track and field, sending six student-athletes to the NCAA championships and claiming seven All-America performances. Both men's and women's cross country and men's and women's tennis - who each produced their best season in the 14-year tenure of head coach Ben Lamanna - were ranked among the top 25 in the nation during their seasons, with the men reaching a top ranking of #14, their highest since 1989. 

The Judges produced several All-Americans in 2016-17 including

  • First-team All-America midfielder Josh Ocel '17 took home honors from the United Soccer Coaches and D3Soccer.com, making him the most decorated men's soccer player in program history. He was also just the second University Athletic Association men's soccer player to earn first-team honors four straight years.
  • Ben Woodhouse '18, who anchored the men's soccer defense in goal was a third-team All-American from D3soccer.com and a third-team Academic All-American from CoSIDA - Brandeis's first-ever to achieve athletic and CoSIDA Academic awards in the same year.
  • Emily Bryson '19 became Brandeis's first national champion since 1999 by winning the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field title in the 3,000-meter run. In addition to All-America honors in cross country (20th) and anchoring the distance medley relay to 3rd place at the indoor championships, Emily is now a six-time All-American.
  • Irie Gourde '17/MA '19 won three sprinting All-America honors, finishing eighth in the 200 indoors, fifth in the 200 outdoors and third in the 400 outdoors. He swept indoor and outdoor Most Outstanding Performer honors at the UAA Championship meets and was the Runner of the Year in New England in both seasons as named by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Among Brandeis's top student-athlete alumni are Nelson Figueroa '98, the program's first major league baseball player, who spent 2011 in the Houston Astros organization and pitched for runner-up Puerto Rico in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, and three-time Olympic fencer Tim Morehouse '00, the University's first Olympic qualifier in Athens in 2004 and first medalist, winning a team silver in the saber in Beijing in 2008. The Judges' have also boasted legendary coaches from Bud Collins of the tennis team to former Boston Celtics K.C. Jones, Bob Brannum and Chris Ford with the basketball team. The current coaches are no less significant for their contributions to the Judges, including 2016 National Coach of the Year Denise Dallamora (women's soccer).


Varsity Sports


Men's teams

Baseball
Basketball
Cross country
Fencing
Indoor track
Outdoor track
Soccer
Swimming and Diving
Tennis

Women's teams

Basketball
Cross country
Fencing
Indoor track
Outdoor track
Soccer
Softball
Swimming and Diving
Tennis
Volleyball

 

Quick Facts

Location:                                                                                Gosman Center, Waltham, Mass. 02454-9110

Founded:                                                                                 1948

Enrollment:                                                                             3360

Nickname:                                                                              Judges

Colors:                                                                                    Blue and White

Affiliations:                                                                             NCAA Division III, ECAC

Conference:                                                                            University Athletic Association

President:
Ron Liebowitz

Acting Director of Athletics:

Jim Zotz

Senior Associate Director of Athletics:
Tom Rand

Associate Director of Athletics:
Michelle Kim 

Assistant Director of Athletics:
Jim Zotz

Assistant Director of Athletics:
Andrew Vatistas

Assistant Director of Athletics:
Michael Matt

Sports Information Director:
Adam Levin ’94