Brandeis University Men's soccer Recruiting corner

Brandeis University Men's Soccer

Brandeis Men's Soccer is a Tradition of Family, Education, Competition and Success. The experience of being a Brandeis men’s soccer player is unlike any other in the country. We challenge our student-athletes to build on the legacy that has come before them. The ability to build on our tradition of success is a challenge that every one of us strives for. You will be challenged academically, athletically and personally during your career at Brandeis. And through competition and education, you will form relationships that will last the rest of your lives.

- Coach Gabe Margolis

Welcome to our recruiting corner. We hope you enjoy learning more about our program.


Division III NCAA National Champions


Division III NCAA Final Four Appearances



1984 (National Runners-Up)


1976 (National Champions)

108-34-10 record since 2012

2012: Final National Ranking #13 (Sweet Sixteen)

2013: Final National Ranking #15 (Sweet Sixteen)

2014: Final National Ranking #6 (Elite Eight)

2015: Final National Ranking #9 (Sweet Sixteen)

2016: Final National Ranking #4 (Final Four)

2017: Final National Ranking #4 (Final Four)

Individual Awards

21 All-Americans (Most recent: Josh Ocel - 1st Team 2017)

6 NSCAA Academic All-Americans (Most recent: Ben Woodhouse - 2017)

4 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans (Most recent: Ben Woodhouse - 2017)

Above, the 1976 team prepares for the National Championship game which they went on to win 2-1 against Brockport. All-American Cleveland Lewis (9th from right) is the 2nd leading scorer in program history (58 goals, 21 assists). Legendary coach Mike Coven (12th from right) retired in 2016 after coaching the program for 44 years, winning over 500 games in his storied career.
Brandeis advanced to two straight NCAA Final Fours. Left, the 2016 team (pictured at Amherst College) advanced to the NCAA Final Four for the 4th time in program history. Right, the 2017 team (pictured at Tufts University) beat Western Connecticut, Rutgers-Newark, Drew, and Tufts on it's way to the program's 5th Final Four.

The athletic facilities at Brandeis University fit the needs of a college soccer program incredibly well. They provide opportunities for our student-athletes to develop into All-Conference and All-American athletes, and allow our teams to compete for Conference and National Championships.

Gordon Field: Home of the Men's soccer program. Since 2011, the Judges have posted a 70-10-6 record at home. This picture shows Brandeis' Science Center in the background.
Locker Room: The men's soccer locker room is available exclusively to our players all year round. It is set up for video, which allows us to review game analysis and scouting reports.
Varsity Weight Room: We have a full-time strength and conditioning coach who works with our team year round. The S&C coach develops team and individual programming for our athletes and works with them to maximize their athletic potential. The varsity-only weight room is available to our student-athletes year round and is well set up for the needs of a college soccer player.
LEFT: Yoga Studio: We have a full-time fitness coordinator who coaches our team through yoga sessions on a weekly basis. Yoga, both in- and out-of-season, is essential to the overall health of our student-athletes. RIGHT: Gosman Athletic Center: The indoor athletic center is home to our indoor track, which is our main use of the facility.

Beyond Brandeis: An in-depth look at where our recent alums end up

Fast Facts

  • Acceptance Rate: 35%
  • More than $51 million in funded grants and scholarships to undergraduates
  • Female-male ratio is 57 percent to 43 percent
  • Student-faculty ratio is 10-1

U.S. News & World Report (2017)

  • National Universities: No. 34 (Most Selective)
  • Best Value: No. 30
  • High School Counselor Rankings: No. 42

The Princeton Review (2016)

  • Students Most Engaged in Community Service: No. 7
  • "Best Value Colleges — Private" (no numeric ranking)
  • "Best Northeastern Colleges" (no numeric ranking)
  • "The Best 377 Colleges" (no numeric ranking)

Forbes (2016)

  • No. 74 among 650 national universities
  • No. 37 most entrepreneurial

Niche (formerly known as College Prowler) (2016)

  • Academics (A+)
  • Diversity (A)
  • Value (A-)
  • Professors (A+)
  • Technology (A-)
  • Transportation (A)

Brandeis University is located in Waltham, MA, about 9 miles west of Boston.

One of the nation’s oldest and most historic cities, Boston is also young and contemporary. You can’t miss the vibrant impact of the 250,000 college students who live in Greater Boston. Live music, great theater, world famous museums, fabulous food, championship sports teams, breathtaking architecture and cityscapes make Boston a global destination. Brandeis’ host city of Waltham, a suburb of 60,000, is a short car or train ride from Boston. And a Brandeis bus shuttle runs to Beantown 30 times a week

A commuter train stop on campus allows easy access to Boston. The ride is about 10 minutes into Cambridge and another 5 minutes into the historic North End of Boston. This allows our student-athletes to take advantage of many internship opportunities in and around the city.


We play in the University Athletic Association (UAA), one of the toughest and most exciting conferences in the country. Every school in the UAA is a top notch academic institution with first rate athletic programs. What makes the UAA so unique is the travel involved. The conference consists of eight schools spread throughout the country:

  • Carnegie Mellon (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • Emory University (Atlanta, GA)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
  • Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH)
  • University of Rochester (Rochester, NY)
  • New York University (New York, NY)



Members of the program with teammate Austin at the Team IMPACT 2017 Game Day Gala in Boston (left) and at the Walk for Epilepsy Boston sponsored by Epilepsy Foundation New England (right).

Team IMPACT works to “improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team. The child gains great strength, camaraderie and support and the student athletes are taught lessons about courage, resiliency and life perspective that they can’t learn in a classroom.”

During the 2016 season, Austin (nine years old from Franklin, MA) was introduced to our program, and quickly became an integral part of the team. He was officially drafted onto the team on November 11, 2016. Giving back to the community is an important aspect of being a men's soccer player at Brandeis. Beyond working with Team IMPACT, our program also works closely with the Boys and Girls Club of Waltham.



Contact Information:

Head Coach - Gabe Margolis: gabem@brandeis.edu; 781-736-3642

Assistant Coach - Adam Batista: abatista@brandeis.edu; 781-736-3638

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