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 past decade, Brandeis teams have earned 18 NCAA Division III Tournament berths and won 10 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Association (ECAC) New England crowns. Nine different Judges teams have earned national rankings in that span, with men's and women's basketball and men's and women's soccer all reaching the top 10 in the nation.

In 2014-15, 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 Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament following up back-to-back Sweet 16 berths. The women also qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the third time in five years, reaching the second round. Brandeis men's and women's tennis also garnered Top 25 national rankings during the spring season. The Judges also won ECAC Crowns in women's basketball and softball. 

The Judges produced several All-Americans in 2014-15 including

* Men's soccer forward Tyler Savonen '15 earned first-team All-America honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and second-team Academic All-America honors from CoSIDA.

* Classmate Joe Graffy '15 was a second-team All-America goalkeeper by D3soccer.com

* Junior back Conor Lanahan '16 was an All-American according to both the NSCAA and D3Soccer.com, taking home National Defender of the Year honors from the web site.

* Carley Cooke '15, who earned her fifth career All-America honor for the women's tennis team, making her one of the most decorated athletes in school history. 

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) and Bill Shipman (fencing).


Varsity Sports


Men's teams

Baseball
Basketball
Cross country
Fencing
Indoor track
Outdoor track
Soccer
Swimming and Diving
Tennis

Women's teams

Basketball
Cross country
Fencing
Indoor track
Outdoor track
Soccer
Softball
Swimming and Diving
Tennis
Volleyball

 

Quick Facts

Location:                                                                                Gosman Center, Waltham, Mass. 02454-9110

Founded:                                                                                 1948

Enrollment:                                                                             3360

Nickname:                                                                              Judges

Colors:                                                                                    Blue and White

Affiliations:                                                                             NCAA Division III, ECAC

Conference:                                                                            University Athletic Association

Interim President:
Lisa Lynch

Acting Director of Athletics:

Lynne Dempsey ’93

Associate Director of Athletics:
Tom Rand

Assistant Director of Athletics:
Jim Zotz

Assistant Director of Athletics:
Michelle Kim 

Sports Information Director:
Adam Levin ’94