Excellence in Brown Athletics Initiative

Full Revised Roster of Varsity Teams

Revising the roster of varsity sports to enhance the quality of the student experience in athletics.

The revised roster of varsity teams was determined through a thorough, data-driven review.* The committee assessed such factors as the existing strengths of each team; current squad sizes; and the quality of facilities available for practice and competition.

In November 2016, Brown Athletics completed construction of a new baseball stadium, Attanasio Field at Murray Stadium. The $5 million project for the baseball/softball complex — entirely donor-funded — features a synthetic turf playing surface, sunken dugouts, chair back seating for spectators and press box, and is considered one of the finest facilities in the Northeast. On the diamond, the baseball program earned three All-Ivy selections in 2019, as the Bears had multiple First Team honorees for the third time in four seasons. Additionally, a student-athlete was named the program's second CoSIDA Academic All-American in three seasons. Right-handed pitcher Reid Anderson ’18 was drafted by the New York Yankees following the 2019 season, giving the Bears four draftees in three years.  

The men’s basketball team had its second straight winning season in 2018-19 and captured 35 wins in the two seasons from 2017 to 2019, setting a new program record. In 2019, head coach Mike Martin ’04 received Ivy League Coach of the Year honors while leading the Bears to a school record for wins in a season. In each of the last two seasons, a Brown player earned the honor of Defensive Player of the Year. In summer 2020, the basketball programs are scheduled to complete a $1.5 million office and locker room renovation.

Monique LeBlanc was hired in spring 2020 as the Bears' new women's basketball head coach, following her successful nine-year run as the head women's basketball coach at Merrimack College. LeBlanc becomes the fifth head coach in program history at Brown after becoming Merrimack’s all-time leader in wins (129) and guiding the team to a 20-win season in its first year as a Division I program in 2019-20. In summer 2020, the basketball programs are scheduled to complete a $1.5 million office and locker room renovation.

The men’s rowing program continues to be one of the most consistent and successful teams in the country. The program competes annually in the IRA National Championship Regatta and most recently was awarded the Clayton Chapman Trophy as the most improved team, awarded to the school that has generated the greatest increase in total points from the previous championship regatta. Throughout the years, Brown men’s rowing has been well represented in the World and Olympic Rowing Championships. The Phase II renovation of the Marston Boathouse, scheduled for completion in summer 2020, features new locker rooms and interior workout spaces for the rowing programs.

The women’s rowing program has competed in the NCAA Championships for 23 consecutive years and stands as one of three programs, along with Princeton and Washington, to take part in all 23 championships since the event's inception in 1997. Under head coach John Murphy, the Bears have won seven NCAA titles, with the most recent occurring in 2011. The program has also experienced international success while competing in the Henley Royal Regatta, as well as having former athletes compete in the World Championships and Olympic competitions. The Phase II renovation of the Marston Boathouse, scheduled for completion in summer 2020, features new locker rooms and interior workout spaces for the rowing programs.

Michaela Scanlon, the only head coach in the history of the Brown varsity equestrian program, entered her 25th season at the helm of Brown University equestrian in 2020-21. Scanlon’s Brown teams have captured 12 Region One Championships, five Zone Reserve Championships, one Zone Championship, and six Ivy Shows. The first Ivy League school to ever qualify for national competition, Brown has made the National Team Championships six times and placed in the Top 10 each time.

Since 2000, Brown women’s fencing has produced 14 NCAA qualifiers, including seven student-athletes who have made multiple appearances at the NCAA Championships. In the last decade the Bears have finished 13th at the NCAA Championships on three occasions (2011, 2012, 2015), marking the highest finish at NCAAs in program history. Head coach Alex Ripa enters his fourth year leading the Bears in 2020-21, having guided Signe Golash ’21 to Northeast Fencing Conference Rookie of the Year honors in 2018 and Casey Chan ’23 to athird-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional in 2020.

In 2018, the University welcomed back James Perry ’00, the catalyst for two Ivy League Championships at Brown, one as a player and another as an assistant coach, as the 20th head football coach in Brown’s 142-year football history. In the 2019 season, Quarterback EJ Perry ’21 was a Finalist for Ivy League’s Asa Bushnell Cup for Top Offensive Player while leading the nation in yards per game of total offense and shattering the Ivy League single season record for total offense. In summer 2018, the Bears completed a $12 million renovation of their locker room, office, team meeting, athletic training and equipment room spaces through generous support from the Brown Football Association. The Bears have been well represented in professional leagues with such recent standouts as Zak DeOssie ’07 (New York Giants) and James Develin ’10 (New England Patriots).

Goldberger Family Field, a state-of-the art knitted-nylon AstroTurf surface with hockey lines, was completed in September 2012 and named after Michael Goldberger, who served the Bears for 38 years, including as Brown's director of athletics. The project is one of the finest facilities in the country and includes spectator stands and a press box, along with a Daktronics Scoreboard. The Ivy League ranks as one of the top field hockey conferences nationally and programs often compete for national championships.

The gymnastics program has claimed three Ivy Classic titles since 2010, winning in 2013, 2014 and 2016. The Bears also won the program’s first-ever ECAC Championship in 2014 and finished second in both 2015 and 2016. Individually, Kate Nelson ’21 won the ECAC Bars title in 2019, Diana Walters ’16 won the ECAC Bars title in 2015, and Caroline Morant ’17 was a four-event Champion, winning the Floor in 2017, the Vault in 2015, and both the All-Around and the Beam in 2014. Nationally, Brown gymnasts have Qualified for the NCAA regionals in the All-Around in 2019, 2017, 2015, 2014 and 2011.

The men’s ice hockey program has advanced to the ECAC Hockey Final Four three times since 2010, most recently in 2019, while competing in the championship game in 2013. The 2018-19 season was one of its most successful in recent history, as the team hosted a home playoff series for the first time since 2013 after posting a 14-8-4 record during its last 26 games, while finishing the season ranked 26th in the USCHO poll. Several recent alumni have advanced to the highest level of professional hockey, with Garnet Hathaway ’14 (Washington Capitals) and Sam Lafferty ’18 (Pittsburgh Penguins) playing in the NHL during the 2019-20 season. Others who have recently played in the NHL include Nick Lappin ’16, Matt Lorito ’15, and Bobby Farnham ’12. Meehan Auditorium is scheduled to undergo a renovation beginning in 2021.

Recognized as the oldest women’s ice hockey program in the United States, Brown was the first collegiate women’s ice hockey program, originating in 1964. A dominant program through the late 1990s and early 2000s, Brown competed for the NCAA Championship in 2002. Several alumnae have represented Brown on the Olympic stage with Becky Kellar ’97 representing Canada four times. Katie King ’97, the current Head Coach at Boston College, represented the United States at three Olympic games, while Tara Mounsey ’02.5 is a Team USA veteran of two Olympics. Chie Chie Sakuma ’94 (Japan), Kathleen Kauth ’01 (United States), Kim Insalaco ’03 (United States) and Pam Dreyer ’03 (United States) have all participated in the Games once. Meehan Auditorium is scheduled to undergo a renovation beginning in 2021.

The men’s lacrosse program continues to be one of the top programs in the Ivy League, having advanced to every conference tournament since inception. The program has advanced to NCAA tournament play on numerous occasions and participated in the NCAA Championship National Semifinals on two occasions, with the most recent appearance coming in 2016. Brown players have earned National Player of the Year distinction with Dylan Molloy ’17 being the most recent Tewaaraton Award winner in 2016. In March 2020, a new Center for Lacrosse and Soccer was opened after a successful fundraising campaign.  The Bears christened the new facility with a thrilling, come-from-behind victory over the University of Virginia, the defending national champion.

The women’s lacrosse program has experienced recent success, finishing the 2019 season in fourth place in the Ivy League, its highest finish since 2009, with a 4-3 conference mark, the most League wins since 1999. Following the season, the program garnered six All-Ivy honorees, while Mason Warble ’21 was a Second Team All-Northeast selection and Risa Mosenthal ’21 was named to the Tewaaraton Award watch list. Mosenthal also earned a spot on the Tewaaraton Award watch list in the shortened 2020 season. In March 2020, a new Center for Lacrosse and Soccer was opened after a successful fundraising campaign, and women’s lacrosse closed out the 2020 athletic season with a thrilling win over No. 23 Virginia Tech. 

Kathy Flores, the former head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team from 2002-10, enters her seventh season as the head coach of the Brown women’s rugby team. Under Flores' leadership, the Bears have reached the postseason in each of the last two seasons, advancing to the NIRA 15s Championship match in 2019 and the quarterfinals in 2018. In 2015-16, the Bears went 6-4 during the 15s season in the fall, reaching the Ivy League Championship Game and the NCWVRA Quarterfinals. In the spring, the team visited Europe and competed against the Switzerland National Team and the Czech Republic National Team. In the spring 7s season, the Bears finished second at Ivy 7s and third at Varsity 7s. In the program's inaugural season at the varsity level, the formidable Brown squad achieved a 9-1 overall record, including a perfect 7-0 mark against Ivy League opponents in the fall. In the same year, Flores earned accolades as the USA Rugby Female Coach of the Year. Flores took over Brown’s club rugby program in August 2013, with the program beginning varsity competition in September 2014.

The Brown sailing team is one of the oldest and most successful collegiate sailing programs in the country. The current sailing team is consistently ranked within the top ten in the country, racing in the highly competitive New England District of College Sailing. In 2019, the Bears won the College Sailing Women's National Championship, was ranked No. 1 nationally and finished 5th at the Coed Dinghy National Championship. John Mollicone has served as the head coach of coed and women's sailing at Brown since 1999. Since coming to Brown, Mollicone has coached 74 All-Americans, 85 Academic All-Americans, 109 All-New England Sailors and has led the Bears to 67 National Championship appearances. During this time, the team has finished top five at 30 National Championships and has won 16 New England Championships and eight Atlantic Coast Championships and Fall Showcases. The sailing program operates out of the newly built Ted Turner ’60 Sailing Pavilion, which is part of the Edgewood Yacht Club.

Brown men’s soccer has long been nationally competitive, having made 25 NCAA appearances with the most recent  participation occurring in 2012. Numerous student-athletes have earned All-Ivy and All-American honors with many former players having successful professional soccer careers after Brown. Most recently, the NCAA recognized former soccer standout and president of Atlanta United FC Darren Eales ’95 with the distinguished 2020 Silver Anniversary Award. Along with the lacrosse programs, the soccer coaches and student-athletes welcomed the opening of a new Center for Lacrosse and Soccer in spring 2020.

November 2019 saw women’s soccer complete a historic season that resulted in an undefeated Ivy League season en route to a conference championship and a berth in the 2019 NCAA tournament. The Bears advanced to the second round of play to face the defending national champion, Florida State University. Kia McNeill was voted the Ivy League Coach of the Year by her peers and the staff was selected as the East Region Staff of the Year for their accomplishments this past season. Both the 2019 and 2018 soccer seasons saw a Brown player selected as the Rookie of the Year within the Ivy League. Along with the lacrosse programs, the soccer coaches and student-athletes welcomed the opening of a new Center for Lacrosse and Soccer in spring 2020.

In November 2016, the University completed construction of a new softball stadium that opened for the 2017 spring season. The $5 million project for the baseball/softball complex, entirely donor-funded, featured a new state-of-the-art synthetic turf playing surface. In addition, significant updates were made to improve the team dugouts, spectator experience and press box operations. In 2018, Kate Refsynder was selected as the new head to lead the resurgence of the program.

In May 2019, Kevin Norman, an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Yale from 2010-19, was named head coach of the Brown men’s swimming and diving team. In his first season, Norman guided the Bears to their best finish at the Ivy League Championships since 2002, placing fourth overall. Brown broke a total of seven program records at the championships and set two additional school records during the regular season. The Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center is home to Brown’s varsity swimming and diving and water polo programs and is considered the fastest facility in the Northeast. The facility has hosted several major events since its opening in 2012, including the Ivy League Men’s and Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, and the Rhode Island Interscholastic League (RIIL) Swimming and Diving Championship.

Kate Kovenock recently completed her sixth season as the head coach of women’s swimming and diving program at Brown in 2019-20. Brown women’s swimming and diving has seen a significant resurgence in the time since Kovenock’s arrival on College Hill. In her six seasons at Brown, Kovenock has guided two student-athletes to three Ivy League titles and seven student-athletes to CSCAA Honorable Mention All-American honors. To date, the student-athletes swimming under Kovenock now account for 51% of the program’s All-Time Top 10 performers and have broken and re-broken 13 different school records a total of 29 times. In 2019, Kovenock led the Bears to a fourth place finish at the Ivy League Championships, the program's best finish since 2005. In 2018, Brown women’s swimming and diving recorded the program’s first back-to-back winning Ivy League dual meet records since the 2006 season. The Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center is home to Brown’s varsity swimming and diving and water polo programs and is considered the fastest facility in the Northeast. The facility has hosted several major events since its opening in 2012, including the Ivy League Men’s and Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, and the Rhode Island Interscholastic League (RIIL) Swimming and Diving Championship.

Brown's 2019-20 campaign saw the program open the spring with six consecutive victories while the Bears also defeated Michigan State on the road. The program had back-to-back Second Team All-Ivy recipients for singles in 2017-18 and 2018-19. The 2017-18 team posted its first winning record since the 2014-15 campaign, going 16-10. Tim Gray, who has over 20 years of head coaching experience, recently completed his fourth season as the Brown men's tennis head coach in 2019-20.

Brown women’s tennis has produced outstanding individual play in recent years. In the last 10 years, seven former student-athletes have ranked among the program’s Top 10 for career singles wins. In both 2014 and 2015, Brown players were recognized as the Ivy League Rookie of the Year. Dayna Lord ’17, the program’s all-time leader with 182 combined singles and doubles wins, graduated Brown as a Four-Time First Team All-Ivy honoree in singles play. Upon completion of the 2018 season, two student-athletes were selected to Second Team All Ivy. In 2018, Lucie Schmidhauser was promoted to head women's tennis coach after serving as the program's assistant coach in 2017-18. She recently completed her second season as the team's head coach.

The men’s cross country and track and field programs have a longstanding history of success, which has produced Ivy and NCAA champions, All-Americans and Olympians. At the 2018 Ivy League Indoor Track and Field Championships, Jason Katz ’19 and Zack Emrich ’18 both captured individual titles while leading the team to a third-place overall finish. The same year also saw the men’s distance medley relay team earn All-America honors with a ninth place finish at the NCAA Indoor National Championship meet. During the same season, Martin Martinez ’18 became the first runner in Brown history to break the 4-minute mile barrier on an indoor track. The following fall, the men’s cross country program finished fifth overall out of 34 teams at the 2018 NCAA Regional Meet, marking the program's best finish since 2011. In 2019, Owen Russell ’19 was named the Northeast Regional Male Field Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association and placed 11th overall in the weight throw to earn Second Team All-America accolades at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship. During the same year, Katz was selected as the Joukowsky Male Scholar Athlete of the Year recipient at Brown. In 2019-20, new school records were established by Cameron Daly ’20 at 5,000 meters and Bretram Rogers ’21 in the 60-meter hurdles. The program has been well-represented in Olympic competition with Craig Kinsley ’11 participating in the 2012 games in the javelin throw and Evan Weinstock ’14 competing in bobsled during 2018 Winter games.

The women’s cross country and track and field programs have had notable individual accomplishments over the years, with NCAA individual qualifiers in both track and cross country as well as Ivy League Champions in both indoor and outdoor track. Student-athletes benefit from a knowledgeable and skilled coaching staff, made up of two former Olympians, two alumni and a two-time NCAA Northeast Assistant Coach of the Year. Brown has aspirations to make women’s cross country, track and field one of the leading programs in the Ivy League. Among recent standout performances, Hannah Butler ’21 finished third at the NCAA Regional on Nov. 15, 2019, to qualify for the national championship. Butler was named All-Region and also earned Second Team All-Ivy accolades. Zion Lewis ’20, Ijeoma Uche ’21 and Gracie Whelan ’21 all captured individual titles at the 2020 Ivy League Indoor Track and Field Championships. Lewis established a new all-time Ivy League record in the triple jump and earned Top Field Performer award at the 2020 championship while finishing the year ranked eighth in the NCAA. On the relay side, the women’s 4 x 400 meter relay established a new school record on Feb. 15, 2020, at the BU Valentine Invitational.

The Brown men’s and women’s water polo programs have been under the leadership of Felix Mercado, who enters his 14th season as head coach. During this time, Mercado has coached 25 all-conference performers and 14 All-Americans on the men’s side alone. In 2014, the men’s team made its first appearance in the NCAA Championship since 1990 after the team claimed its first CWPA title since 1985. With 22 wins in 2019, Brown posted its ninth 20-win season in a 10-year span and registered 20 or more wins for the 11th time during a 13-year span. The Bears closed the season with a No. 19 national ranking. The Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center is home to Brown’s varsity swimming and diving and water polo programs. The facility has hosted several major events since its opening in 2012, including the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Men’s Eastern Championships and the Men’s Northern Division Championships.

The Brown men’s and women’s water polo program have been under the leadership of Felix Mercado, who enters his 14th season as head coach having coached 17 All-Conference performers and seven All-Americans on the women’s side during his time with the Bears. Brown opened the 2020 season with an impressive 12-2 record and had entered the national rankings at No. 25 before the remainder of its season was canceled due to novel coronavirus (COVID-19). During summer 2019, Mercado served as an assistant coach with USA Women’s Water Polo at the 2019 World University Games in Naples, Italy. In 2019, Brown tallied a 21-13 record for its fourth 20-win season in the last six years and seventh 20-win campaign under Mercado. The Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center is home to Brown’s varsity swimming and diving and water polo programs. The facility has hosted several major events since its opening in 2012, including the Women’s Southern Division Championships.

In January 2018, Ahen Kim, who helped lead American University to five straight Patriot League titles and three NCAA tournament wins from 2013-17 as an assistant coach, was hired as the head coach of the Brown volleyball program. In 2019, Kim guided Brown to its most wins (13) and first winning campaign (13-10) since 2001. The Bears came in fourth place in the Ivy standings, finishing in the top half of the league for the first time since 2014. Kim mentored three All-Ivy selections, including Sophia Miller ’23 — the Bears’ first Ivy League Rookie of the Year since 1998 and first First Team All-Ivy choice since 2013. In 2016, the volleyball locker room was completely renovated after a successful fundraising effort.

Todd Beckerman, former Nebraska All-American, enters his eighth season as the leader of the Brown wrestling program after taking over the position on June 14, 2013. During his tenure with the Bears, Beckerman has coached multiple NCAA Championship qualifiers, All-Ivy performers and EIWA placers. In addition to their success on the mat, the Bears have achieved in the classroom, posting one of the nation’s highest team GPA, according to the NWCA. A head coaching endowment was recently established, and a new locker room facility was completed.

Updates

*Upon announcement of the athletics initiative in May 2020, 11 varsity teams were to be transitioned to club status. On June 9, the University chose to reinstate the varsity status of men's indoor track and field, men's outdoor track and field, and men's cross country; and on Sept. 17, to end a legal dispute, the varsity status of women's equestrian and women's fencing was reinstated. The updated number of varsity teams transitioning to club status became six.