Brandeis Athletics: An Overview

Flags flying in front of Gosman

Mission Statement

The Brandeis Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation enriches the current and future lives of our community through sport, fitness and wellness offerings. We achieve our mission by:

  • Providing opportunities for students to seek competitive excellence utilizing the values of discipline, leadership, resilience and respect
  • Encouraging students to explore interests and habits leading to the development of an appreciation of lifelong health and fitness
  • Complementing the educational mission of the University by emphasizing the development of a well-balanced lifestyle
  • Developing an inclusive community in which all can learn, play and compete

Athletics 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.

Through participation in varsity athletics at Brandeis, student-athletes should develop skills to work effectively as part of a team, improve individual skills and overall performance, learn to communicate effectively with diverse populations, develop leadership skills, and demonstrate and understand sportsmanship and fairness.

Over the years, Brandeis has won NCAA team championships in men's soccer (1976) and men's cross country (1983), as well as 27 individual titles. Over the past five years, seven different Brandeis programs have been nationally ranked, with five of those teams reaching the top 10. Brandeis teams have qualified for 10 NCAA team tournaments, including the 2016 season in which both men’s and women’s soccer made the Final Four in the same campaign. The Judges have had 23 individual All-Americans and two All-America relays since 2015, including a three-time track and field national champion in Emily Bryson '19, the National Defender of the Year in men’s soccer in 2015 (Connor Lanahan ’15), and the New England Runner of the Year in men’s indoor and outdoor track and field in Irie Gourde ‘17/MA ’18 in 2018. Brandeis coaches earned either conference, regional or national Coach of the Year nine times in that span.

Among Brandeis's top student-athlete alumni are Nelson Figueroa '98, the program's first major league baseball player, who played for nine years in Major League Baseball 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 2016 National Coach of the Year Denise Dallamora (women's soccer), who has been at the helm for 40 years.

Quick Facts

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

Founded: 1948

Enrollment: 3360

Nickname: Judges

Colors: Blue and White

Affiliation: NCAA Division III

Conference: University Athletic Association

President: Ron Liebowitz

Director of Athletics: Lauren Haynie

Senior Associate Director of Athletics: Tom Rand

Associate Director of Athletics/SWA: Lynne Dempsey

Associate Director of Athletics: Michelle Kim

Assistant Director of Athletics: Andrew Vatistas

Assistant Director of Athletics: Michael Matt

Sports Information Director: Adam Levin ’94

Head Athletic Trainer: Lisa DeNicola