Entering her 40th season, Denise Dallamora is the only coach in Brandeis women’s soccer history. One of only four coaches in NCAA history with four decades on the sidelines, she boasts a career record of 367-277-72, ranking her ninth among active coaches in career Division III victories and 14th all-time. She began the soccer team in 1980 and Brandeis has developed into one of the most highly regarded Division III programs in the country, earning some of the highest accolades from the United Soccer Coaches: The Women's Committee Award of Excellence in 2014, just the third Division III coach to receive the award since 1999; the Division III National Coach of the Year, in 2016; and in 2017, a scholarship was named in her honor, granting one female coach free tuition to a United Soccer Coaches' coaching course or to the national convention in January.
Dallamora has led the Judges to the postseason in 15 of the past 16 campaigns, including the NCAA tournament in five in a row and seven of the last nine. Last season, the Judges climbed as high as #10 in the Division III poll after starting the season 8-0 and 10-1.
In 2017, the Judges were ranked sixth in Division III in the preseason and returned to the NCAA tournament for the fourth year running. The Judges had a 10-game unbeaten streak early in the season and were able to ride that momentum into the postseason despite losing two starting goalkeepers to injury. The Judges upset a ranked Stevens Institute of Technology team, 3-1, in the first round before falling to eventual champions Williams in second. The team finished the season ranked No. 25 in the nation by the United Soccer Coaches.
In 2016, she guided Brandeis to its best start in program history, as they went 12-0-1 and ascended into the NSCAA Division III top 10. After finishing the regular season with a 13-3-3 record, ranked 23rd in the nation, the Judges earned their third-straight at-large berth to the Big Dance. They went on the road and defeated Virginia Wesleyan, 3-0, and #5-ranked College of New Jersey on PK, 4-2, after a 1-1 draw. Brandeis earned the right to host sectionals and took advantage, knocking off #15 McDaniel, 1-0, and #1-ranked William Smith, 4-3, to reach the Final Four for the first time in program history. The Judges fell to eventual champions and conference foes Washington University, 2-1, in the semifinals to end their campaign at 16-4-4, tying the school record for wins in a season. After the season, Dallamora was honored by the United Soccer Coaches as the National Division III Coach of the Year.
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 record. They finished the year in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament with a record of 15-3-4.
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. That team set a school-record 11-match winning streak and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Judges reached their second-ever NCAA tournament in 2010 and in 2012, they were even more successful, reaching their first 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 six 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 1994 when she was presented with a letter of commendation proclaiming a career of exceptional service to the sport of soccer.