February 13, 2012

Brooks Singer elevated to full-time status

WASHINGTON – CUA Head Men's Lacrosse Coach Brooks Singer has been elevated to full-time status, Director of Athletics Mike Allen announced.  Singer, in his 14th season, has built the CUA program from scratch, into one that is now a consistent championship contender.

"I am excited about continuing on our quest to build the best lacrosse program possible for the University, our players and our dedicated alumni," Singer explains.  "We have indeed come a long way since founding the program years ago, and this will allow even more time, energy and resources towards achieving our goals."

He continued, "I am proud of the successes of our program, and those of our amazing student-athletes while here at CUA and after graduation.  I am honored to have this wonderful opportunity, and I look forward to much more to be proud of in the future."

Singer was hired in 1998 and since that time has guided the Cardinals to plenty of success on and off the field.  The 2010 season was one of the finest in program history, when CUA won 12 games and earned its first-ever bid to the Landmark Conference Tournament.  With a 15-4 win over Drew in the semifinals, the Cardinals also played for the conference championship for the first time.  Due to their success, CUA was ranked third out of 150 Division III teams for the largest single-season improvement from 2009 to 2010.

Last year, Singer guided the Cardinals to their second straight double-digit win season and another spot in the conference tournament.       

Off the field, the Cardinals have established high standards for themselves.  Since joining the Landmark Conference prior to the 2007-08 academic year, 48 Cardinals have been named to the Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll, including six in 2011.  CUA's team GPA has also continued to increase during that time.

"Coach Singer has done an outstanding job leading our lacrosse team since it became a varsity sport and we are excited that he will now be coaching with us on a full-time basis," Allen said.  "The time and commitment that he gave to the program as a part-time coach has been immeasurable.  Our men's lacrosse team has made great strides in recent years and we hope that this added commitment to the program will lead to continued success in the future."

Tom Scotto, currently a senior for CUA, offered his thoughts on the elevation of Singer to full-time.  "It comes as a surprise to me that Coach Singer hadn't been full-time for the last three years because he has always been so available and dedicated.  Having him at the Dufour Center full time now is great because he is always there for us to stop in and talk to if we need, and to us, it shows that he is truly dedicated to the team."

He continued, "Coach Singer has always been a vital part of the CUA lacrosse team, not just by his love for the game and desire to watch us succeed on the field, but through his ability to mold us into people who can coexist in the real world once we graduate.  We are very excited to have him full time and know that it means great things for the future of Catholic Lacrosse."

Originally from Long Island, Singer played his collegiate lacrosse at the University of Arizona, where he served as a captain, was a multi-year U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-Star, and was a Division I North/South All-Star nominee.  After graduating in 1995, Singer earned joint law and master's degrees from Catholic University.  He guided the CUA men's lacrosse club team for several years, and was eventually named the school's first varsity men's lacrosse coach in 1998.

Singer also coaches with the Madlax All-Star Teams, and is the director of the Madlax National All-Star Teams and CUA's Capitol Lacrosse Camp.

Prior to his full-time coaching appointment, Singer previously worked as a Senior Investigator/Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in the Civil Rights Division.  In addition to his coaching duties, Singer is also an adjunct professor at CUA's Columbus School of Law and in CUA's undergraduate Business Department.

"Although having had the privilege to enforce the laws of this great nation while at the Department of Justice, to be coaching at CUA and teaching in the Business Department and Law School is even more challenging and rewarding."

Singer and the Cardinals begin their 2012 season on Saturday, February 18 when they travel to face Hood College.  The opening face-off is set for 1 p.m.

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