Since his hiring in 1998, CUA Head Coach Brooks Singer has been on a mission to establish the Cardinals men’s lacrosse program as a highly competitive team within NCAA Division III and the Landmark Conference.
Building on the successes of previous seasons, Singer and the
2013 squad are poised to take the Cardinals to the next level. The
program recorded its 100th victory on February 25, 2012, a far
improvement from just five wins in the first and second seasons
The 2012 Cardinals earned their third straight bid to the Landmark Conference Tournament and finished with nine wins overall, marking the fourth consecutive season in which they won at least eight games.
Chris Fuccillo etched his name into the record books, by tying Conor Kelly for the most career goals in school history (146), and he was also named an All-American by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA).
Fuccillo was joined by three other Cardinals on the All-Landmark Conference Teams, and also became CUA’s first-ever selection to the prestigious North-South Senior Game.
Off the field, Marc Saxton and Ryan Doyle were named Academic All-Americans, and Saxton received Academic All-District honors as well.
2011 saw Singer and the Cardinals record their second straight double-digit win season with the 11 wins ranking second best in program history. CUA also qualified for the Landmark Conference Tournament for the second consecutive season.
Led by 2011 Landmark Conference Rookie of the Year Brendan Englert, CUA placed five student-athletes on the All-Conference Teams, including two first team selections. In addition, Tom Scotto ranked 26th nationally in face-off win percentage and as a team CUA checked in at No. 16. Off the field the Cardinals placed six student-athletes on the Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll.
In 2010, Singer led CUA to one of its finest seasons in school history, as the Cardinals won 12 games and earned their first-ever bid to the Landmark Conference Tournament. With a 15-4 win over Drew in the semifinals, CUA also played for the conference championship for the first-time. As a result of their success, the Cardinals were ranked third out of 150 Division III teams for the largest single-season improvement from 2009 to 2010.
Individually, four CUA student-athletes earned All-Conference honors, and as a team the Cardinals ranked seventh in the nation in scoring defense. For his efforts, Fuccillo was selected as Landmark Conference co-Player of the Year.
Over the years, Singer has coached multiple players who were selected to the Landmark All-Conference team, as well as the Capital Athletic All-Conference team. In 2007, Conor Kelly was selected as CUA’s Senior Athlete of the Year. In addition, that same year, Jerry Clifford was selected by Inside Lacrosse/Face-off Magazine as a preseason All-American.
Coach Singer’s philosophy encompasses a positive balance between academics and athletics to allow for success both on the field and in the classroom. He works hard to encourage his players to succeed as student-athletes. His players reflect the spectrum of academic fields on campus, from architecture and engineering to business and social science majors.
In terms of academics, since 2009 the team has established high standards for all subsequent teams to come. The Cardinals have finished each semester a few hundredths shy of a 3.0 grade point average, with 25 players above that mark and ten above a 3.5 GPA. It is a testament to their hard work and desire to be successful, something Coach Singer emphasizes all year long.
Coach Singer is very proud to have coached multiple Academic All-Conference players each year, as well as Academic All-Americans Timothy Lambert (2000), Saxton (2012) and Doyle (2012).
The primary goal of Coach Singer and the entire lacrosse coaching staff is to prepare each student-athlete for life after college, as well as to recognize the contributions that each individual brings to the program.
Coach Singer’s passion for the game and emphasis on academics stem from a wide variety of playing, coaching and academic experiences. Originally from Long Island, N.Y., Singer played at the University of Arizona under Coach Mickey-Miles Felton. As a captain for the Wildcats, Singer was selected on multiple occasions as a U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-Star and was a Division I North/South All-Star nominee. As a midfielder, Singer ended his college career with one of the top Division I face-off winning percentages.
After graduating in 1995, Singer earned joint law and master’s degrees from Catholic University. While attending graduate school, Singer led the Cardinals club lacrosse team to success. In 1998, Singer was named head coach of the first Cardinal varsity men’s lacrosse team. Since then, he has strived to build a program that the university and its students are proud to support.
Singer also coaches with the Madlax All Star teams, and he is the Director of the Madlax National All-Star teams and CUA’s Capitol Lacrosse Camp, which takes place during the summer months. In addition, he is presently serving on the NCAA Division III All-American Committee and the IMCLA Division III Rules Committee
Although Singer founded CUA’s men’s lacrosse program in 1998, 2012 was his first in a full-time head coach capacity. He also is an adjunct professor at CUA’s Columbus School of Law and in CUA’s undergraduate Business Department. Previously, Singer had been employed as a Senior Investigator/Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in the Civil Rights Division. He resides with his wife Natalie, their daughter Tenley Pear and Capri, and their dog Daisy Sue, in Washington, D.C.