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 22 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 2016-17, the men's and women's soccer  teams made Brandeis just the ninth program in NCAA Division III history to send both squads to the Final Four in the same season. The men defeated Rutgers-Newark, 4-2, for their first trip to the national semifinals since 1984, while the women staged a remarkable comeback against unbeaten and top-ranked William Smith College to advance, 4-3, in overtime. The Judges also had success in cross country and track and field, where five student-athletes competed in eight events over the course of the season. Both men's and women's cross country and men's and women's tennis - who each produced their best season in the 13-year tenure of head coach Ben Lamanna - were ranked among the top 25 in the nation during their seasons. 

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

* Second-team All-America midfielder Josh Ocel '17, also of men's soccer, who joined his brother Sam '12 as the second pair of siblings in school history to earn All-America honors.

* Third-team All-America defender Michaela Friedman '17 of the women's soccer team became the first player to win All-America honors for the Brandeis women in multiple seasons.

* Emily Bryson '19 went to nationals during cross country, indoor and outdoor track seasons, taking home her second All-America honors by placing 24th in cross country.

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) and Bill Shipman (fencing), whose teams regularly face Division I competition.


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

Director of Athletics:

Lynne Dempsey ’93

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