Announcing the Class of 2023 Hall of Fame Inductees!

Composite image of the six individual inductees and one team inductee. The same images as used below.

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Brandeis University Department of Athletics has announced the newest members of the Brandeis Athletics Hall of Fame.

In conjunction with the University celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2023-24, the department has selected an inductee to represent each decade of Brandeis Athletics at the Homecoming ceremony. The inductees are:




Dave Bouchard '59, football and baseball

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The quarterback of the Hall of Fame 1957 team that went 6-1. Bouchard earned All-ECAC Sportsmanship honors that year, and served as captain of both baseball and football teams.

Steve Katzman '69, men's basketball

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A steady point guard during the KC Jones era of Brandeis men's basketball, Katzman still ranks among the Judges' career leaders in assists and steals per game, both for a career and for a single season.

Dean Hanks '79, men's soccer

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A top defender on the 1976 NCAA Championship team as a sophomore, the first national championship team in Brandeis history. With Hanks in the back, the Judges went 15-2 with eight shutouts. Over the course of his career, Hanks played every minute of every game.

Christine (Brace) Chai '87, women's track and field 

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She set school records in the women's pentathlon and heptathlon, as well as the shot-put, in 1986. Those have stood for more than 30 years.

The 1999 Baseball team

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The most successful team of Hall of Fame coach Pete Varney's tenure, the Judges won the NCAA Division III New England regional and went to the Division III World Series with a 33-10 record, setting a baseball program record most wins in a season.

Kaitlin Streilein '08, softball

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The first All-American in Brandeis softball program history, she led the Judges to an ECAC title as a senior. She ranks among the program's career leaders in 32 different categories, both as a pitcher and a hitter.

Carley Cooke '15, women's tennis

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Cooke was a five-time All-American in women's tennis - four in singles and once in doubles – earning more All-America honors over the past two decades than any Judge outside of track and cross country. She earned the first-ever win by a Brandeis woman in NCAA Division III tennis tournament as a junior.

The 2023 Brandeis Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on October 14, 2023.