GABE MARGOLIS | HEAD COACH
Gabe Margolis was named the ninth head coach of Brandeis men's soccer in December of 2016 after spending the previous 11 seasons as an assistant. In his first season at the helm, Margolis guided the Judges to a second-straight berth in the Final Four, posting a 17-5 record in the process. They ended the season ranked #4 in Division III by the United Soccer Coaches and D3Soccer.com, the fourth year in a row they finished ranked in the top 10. The Judges are also on a streak of six years in a row reaching the Sweet 16 of the tournament, the second-longest active streak among Division III men's programs.
Margolis joined Brandeis in 2005 as an assistant under legendary head coach Mike Coven, and was named the Associate Head Coach in the spring of 2013.
In his years as an assistant, the Judges posted a record of 146-67-20 for a .670 winning percentage. They produced at least 10 wins in eight of his 11 seasons, reaching the NCAA Division III Tournament in the final five seasons, and winning three ECAC Division III New England championships.
Twice, Margolis was named to the University Athletic Association (UAA) Coaching Staff of the Year: in 2012, when Brandeis won its first-ever share of the conference title, and in 2015, when they claimed the league crown outright for the first time. Coven was also named NSCAA New England Coach of the Year in each of those seasons. In 2016, Brandeis reached the NCAA Division III Final Four for the fourth time in program history, and first since 1984.
Off the field, Margolis has been active with Brandeis's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) since 2012, including helping to start BMEN, founded by student-athletes to encourage a commitment to gender and racial equality across social divides on campus.
Margolis holds NSCAA Advanced National and USSF B coaching licenses. He has coached for FC Boston over the last eight years in both their development academy and non-academy teams, winning State championships with the U-18 and U-19 age groups.
A 2005 graduate of Wheaton (Mass.) College, Margolis came to Brandeis after serving as an assistant coach at local Division I institutions Boston University and Northeastern. A three year starter at Wheaton after transferring from Boston College, Margolis helped lead the Lyons to the NCAA Division III Final Four during his junior season and the Sweet 16 as a senior. Margolis is a native of Brookline and a 2000 graduate of Beaver Country Day School.
ADAM BATISTA | ASSISTANT COACH
Adam Batista joined the Brandeis men's soccer coaching staff in early 2017. In his first season on the Judges' sidelines, he helped Brandeis post a 17-5 record and reach their second-straight NCAA Division III Tournament Final Four.
Batista came to Brandeis after two years at Wheaton College, where he helped the Lyons reach the NEWMAC championship game in 2016. At Wheaton, he was an assistant under legendary coach Matt Cushing.
Prior to that, he spent the 2014 season as the assistant coach for the women’s soccer team at the University of Vermont. A 2014 graduate of Middlebury College, Batista was a three-year starter for the Panthers and a captain in 2013. He won the NESCAC Championship and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals in 2010.
Batista spent the previous two years as a Director of Coaching for LFC International Academy of Massachusetts. He also received an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and NSCAA Goalkeeper Level 1 Diploma.
Presently, he coaches for FC Boston Bolts.
Batista earned a master’s degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration at Concordia University Irvine.