Alumni in the News

Four former Judges lead the way as collegiate athletic directors

Josh Centor '04; Amanda DeMartino '06; Lisa Goddard McGuirk '97 and Lynne Dempsey '93

They left it all on the field as Judges, and their passion for competition has led them to the top of collegiate athletics administration: four alumni who graduated between 1993 and 2006 are now athletic directors at other NCAA colleges and universities.

You don't have to go far to find Lynne Dempsey '93 – a Waltham native who attended Brandeis as a Waltham Scholar, played three sports and was named Brandeis's Max I. Silber Award winner for top female athlete as a senior. Dempsey climbed the ranks of the Judges' administration until she was named Acting Director of Athletics in 2015 and had the Acting tag removed a year later.

Western Pennsylvania is home to a pair of former Judges. Josh Centor '04 has been in Pittsburgh at UAA rival Carnegie Mellon University since 2008, becoming their athletic director in 2014. Centor played baseball at Brandeis, earning the Morris Sepinuck Sportsmanship award as a senior after leading the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

In the northwest corner of the state, Lisa (Root) Goddard McGuirk '97, has been at the helm of Division II Gannon University in Erie since August 2014 after stints as athletic director at Division III Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and the College of  St. Elizabeth in Morristown, New Jersey. McGuirk is still the Judges' career leader in wins and innings pitched, falling just shy of 500 innings in her career.

Most recently, Amanda DeMartino '06 took over the helm of the athletics department at the College of New Jersey in Trenton after spending time at National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Northwood University in Florida and National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Raritan Valley Community College in her native New Jersey. DeMartino was the point guard during one of the most successful stretches in Brandeis women's basketball history, guiding the team to two Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III New England titles and two NCAA tournament appearances. She is the school's all-time assists leader and is one of only three former Judges with 100 games started in her career. 

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Date: September 25, 2017