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 last nine years, under the leadership of Director of Athletics Sheryl Sousa '90, Brandeis teams have earned 15 NCAA Division III Tournament berths and won eight Eastern Collegiate Athletic Association (ECAC) New England crowns. Nine different Judges teams have earned national rankings in her tenure, with both men's and women's basketball programs ascending to No. 2 in the nation during that time.
In 2012-13, the men's and women's soccer teams were both ranked among the top 15 in the nation at the end of the season, with the men reaching the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament and the women in the Elite Eight. Four different Judges earned All-America honors, including soccer standouts Sam Ocel '13 and Dara Spital '15, fencer Adam Mandel '15 - who placed 11th in the saber at the All-Division championships against DI, II and III competitors - and softball centerfielder Amanda Genovese '15, who established single-season and career stolen base records in just her second campaign with the Judges.
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), Bill Shipman (fencing) and Pete Varney (baseball).
Location: Gosman Center, Waltham, Mass. 02454-9110
Colors: Blue and White
Affiliations: NCAA Division III, ECAC
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