Having just completed her 36th season, 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 has led the Judges to the postseason in 12 of the past 13 campaigns, including the NCAA tournament in four of the last six. In 2015, the Judges won their first nine games, one shy of a school record and allowed just 10 goals in 22 games, setting a new program low. After defeating Western Connecticut State, 1-0, in the opening round and upsetting host Amherst, 3-2 on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw, Brandeis extended fifth-ranked William Smith College to overtime before falling, 1-0. After finishing with a 15-3-4 record and earning a final ranking of #13 in the nation, Dallamora's career record stood at 327-263-64 (.548).
In 2014, Dallamora earned her 300th career victory, becoming the 14th Division III women’s soccer coach to reach the plateau - the third from New England to achieve the feat and the 35th across all divisions. After a school-record 11-match winning streak, the Judges finished 12-4-2 and returned to the NCAA Division III tournament after a year’s absence, defeating Penn State Behrend, 2-0, in the opening round. At the end of the year, Dallamora was presented with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Women's Committee Award of Excellence, just the third Division III coach to receive the award since 1999.
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 have also been to eight ECAC Division III New England tournaments since 2003, 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 five 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.