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 decade, under the leadership of Director of Athletics Sheryl Sousa '90, Brandeis teams have earned 17 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 men's and women's basketball and men's and women's soccer all reaching the top 10 in the nation during that time.
In 2013-14, the men's and women's soccer teams were both ranked among the top 10 in the nation during the season, with the men reaching the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row. Also earning national rankings in '13-14 were women's cross country and men's and women's tennis. The women's cross country team reached the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2001, placing 22nd nationally. Five different Judges earned All-America honors last year:
* Men's soccer defender Ben Applefield '14, who set a program record for games played
* Amelia Lundkvist '14, who was 21st at the NCAA Cross Country meet while also qualifying for nationals during the indoor and outdoor track and field seasons
* Anya Kamber '15, who was the softball team's second-straight first-team All-American
* Mohamed Sidique '15, who captured two UAA triple jump crowns and finished fifth nationall outdoors
* Carley Cooke '15, who earned her fourth career All-America honor for the women's tennis team.
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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