Head Coach Brooks Singer took CUA to the top of the mountain in 2015, leading the Cardinals to the Landmark Conference Championship and the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.
Since his hiring in 1998, Singer had 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. Last season, he proved his system true by taking the program he started to the top of the league and placed among the nation's top teams. Though Singer has been a staple of the program for nearly 20 years, it only took him four years from being appointed a full-time head coach to win the Landmark.
Behind All-Conference selections Victor Licata and Daniel McCallan, as well as Landmark Conference MVP Harrison Holak, the Cards went to Scranton in the title game and won on a fourth quarter goal by Licata, 5-4, reaching new and NCAA heights for the program.
In 2014, the Cardinals finished with a 7-7 record including a 5-2 record at home. The Cards outscored their opponents 138-109 and had a higher shooting percentage (.266) compared to their opponents (.241). Walter Hickey earned All-America honors and was named to the 2014 All-Landmark First Team and Jack Drexel was selected to the 2014 All-Landmark Second Team.
The 2013 Cardinals season was highlighted by its third straight All-American selection and an overtime victory against NESCAC powerhouse Williams College. The season was cut short by the tragic loss of Junior Attackman and All American selection Brendan Englert, who passed away in an accident in April. His memory will live on with the Cardinals Lacrosse family forever.
The 2012 Cardinals had earned their third straight bid to the Landmark Conference Tournament and finished with nine wins overall. The program recorded its 100th victory on February 25, 2012, a far improvement from just five wins in the first and second seasons combined.
Englert was selected as All-American by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA), and joined Chris Fuccillo, who 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 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, to pre-law and pre-med.
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 27 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 local and national all-star teams, and he directs various group’s character development programs and is often invited to be a guest speaker for various schools and club programs. He is also the director of CUA’s Capitol Lacrosse Camp, which takes place during the summer months. He also is a co-founder of the Adaptive Lacrosse Clinics held at Walter Reed Medical Center for recovering wounded soldiers. And, Singer works with the Wounded Warrior Project Lacrosse Program which focuses on character development for young lacrosse players, while raising awareness for wounded warriors who served this country. In addition, he is presently serving on the NCAA Division III All-American Committee, the NCAA Regional Advisory 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 daughters Tenley Pearl and Capri Logan, and their dog Daisy Sue, in Washington, DC.