Denise Dallamora is the only coach in Brandeis women’s soccer history. She began the soccer team in 1980 and Brandeis has developed into one of the most highly regarded Division III programs in the country.
Dallamora led the Judges to the postseason in nine of the past 10 campaigns. The Judges reached their second-ever NCAA tournament in 2010, defeating Castleton State, 2-1, in the first round. In 2012, they were even more successful, advancing past Union College, 2-1 in overtime; Lasell, 3-0; and Cortland State, 2-1, to reach the Elite Eight. The Judges’ seven previous postseason berths were in the ECAC tournament, winning titles in 2007 and 2008 and reaching the finals in 2009.
Brandeis qualified for its first NCAA Division III tournament in 1988. That year, Dallamora received several coaching honors. She was honored as the Coach of the Year by the University Athletic Association, the New England Women’s Intercollegiate Soccer Association and the New England Women’s Eight. In 1991, she was honored by NEWISA with its service award. She has coached three All-American players and four of her former standouts were inducted into the Brandeis Athletic Hall of Fame. Dallamora was honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 1995. She was presented a letter of commendation proclaiming a career of exceptional service to the sport of soccer.