World Class Student-Athletes

World Class Student-Athletes

Carrying on an intercollegiate athletic tradition over 150 years old, the Brown Bears compete at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics at the NCAA Division I level. As a member of the Ivy League, Brown has one of the nation’s broadest arrays of varsity teams, featuring the nation’s second largest athletic program - 38 in all, 17 for men, 21 for women, the largest athletic program in the nation for women.

Brown Athletics has hosted several NCAA events in the last five years, twice hosting the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey East Regional at the Dunkin Donuts Center and NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer playoff games at Stevenson Field. Brown is also hosting the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Quarterfinals at Brown Stadium.

U.S. News and World Report has named Brown Athletics to the College Sports Honor Roll as one of the nation’s top 20 athletic programs. Brown had 22 teams honored by the NCAA with Public Recognition Awards for Academic Achievement in 2014, second most in the nation.

Brown teams regularly compete in NCAA Championships, with the Brown women’s crew winning seven NCAA championships since 1999. In addition, Brown’s baseball, men’s soccer, men’s water polo, men’s lacrosse and men’s tennis teams have made NCAA playoff appearances in recent years, with football and women’s basketball joining those teams in winning Ivy League championships. Both the men’s soccer (17) and women’s soccer (12) teams have won more Ivy titles than any other Ivy League school.

Brown student-athletes achieved at the highest level on an individual basis with All-Americans, Academic All-Americans, a Senior CLASS award winner, Ivy League Players of the Year, Ivy League Rookies of the Year, an NCAA top VIII Award winner, and national finalists for Player of the Year honors. Brown athletes were drafted or signed by teams from the National Football League, Major League Baseball, National Hockey League, Major League Lacrosse and Major League Soccer. 

Alumni of Brown Athletics are equally decorated, many going on to success in professional leagues, the Olympics and being honored for their achievement off the playing field.  In the last five years, three former Brown Student-Athletes –Citigroup Executive VP Lisa Caputo ’86 (field hockey and lacrosse), former IMG president George Pyne ‘87 (football) and Stanford Athletic Director Bernard Muir ’90 (basketball) - were honored with an NCAA Silver Anniversary Awards for success on the playing field, in the work place and in the community.

Over 70 Brown students or alums have participated in the Olympic Games, including 26 in the last 10 years. Former Brown football players have earned Super Bowl Championships – Zak DeOssie ’07 for the N.Y. Giants in 2008 and 2010, and James Develin ’10 for the New England Patriots in 2015.

Brown teams compete at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center, which has played host to both the Ivy League men’s and women’s Ivy League Swimming & Diving Championships since opening in 2012, and is arguably the fastest pool in the nation with state-of-the-art water flow.

Brown student-athletes do not just dedicate themselves on the playing field and in the classroom, but in the community as well. The Brown Department of Athletics and the Vartan Gregorian Elementary School at Fox Point have had a relationship that is fast approaching 25 years. Each fall, teams “adopt” classrooms in a special ceremony, and the Brown student-athletes volunteer their time to help mentor the school’s largely at-risk students.