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.

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 20 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 2015-16, the men's and women's soccer teams were both ranked among the top 10 in the nation during the season, with both teams reaching the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. It marked the fourth-straight trip for the men and the third in four years for the women. Brandeis men's and women's tennis also garnered Top 25 national rankings during the spring season. 

The Judges produced several All-Americans in 2015-16 including

* Two-time All-America defender Conor Lanahan '16 of men's soccer, who was named National Defender of the Year as a junior.

* 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 back to win All-America honors for the Brandeis women.

* Emily Bryson '19 became the first rookie to earn All-America honors for Brandeis in women's cross country, placing 31st at the NCAA Championships after winning the UAA crown on her home course at Franklin Park.

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 30-year veterans Mike Coven (men's soccer), Denise Dallamora (women's soccer) and Bill Shipman (fencing).


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

Associate Director of Athletics:
Tom Rand

Assistant Director of Athletics:
Jim Zotz

Assistant Director of Athletics:
Michelle Kim 

Sports Information Director:
Adam Levin ’94