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 led the Judges to the postseason in nine of the past 10
campaigns. 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’ seven previous postseason berths
were in the ECAC tournament, 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 three
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.