Longtime Coach has Enjoyed Successful Stints in High School and Community College Ranks

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Joe Detz, a longtime coach at the high school and collegiate ranks in the Hudson Valley, has recently been named head men’s basketball coach at SUNY Orange, replacing Tom Rickard who retired this spring.

In his most recent coaching stint, Detz served for nine seasons on the staff at Dutchess Community College, working as an assistant coach from 1998-2000 before taking over the reigns as head coach from 2000-07. From 1983-96, he was head boy’s varsity basketball coach at Marlboro High School. Detz was a teacher in the Marlboro School District for 24 years, including the final 22 years at the high school, before retiring in 2006.

He compiled a 169-104 (.619) varsity record at Marlboro while leading the Dukes to the 1989 Section 9 championship and a trio of Mid-Hudson Athletic League (MHAL) division titles (outright in 1987 and 1990, and co-champs in 1992). On four other occasions under Detz’s leadership, the Dukes also reached the Section 9 title game. He was named Section 9 “Coach of the Year” in 1989 by the Newburgh “Evening News” and was awarded “Coach of the Year” plaudits in 1986 by the “Kingston Freeman.” In 1990, he was named M&B (Middle Hope and Balmville) Boys-Girls Club “Man of the Year.” Detz is also a three-time honoree in “Who’s Who Among American Teachers” (1996, 1998, 2004).

Rickard had served as SUNY Orange’s head coach for the past seven seasons since replacing his father, Paul, at the helm. Paul Rickard led the Colts hardwood fortunes for 25 years, including guiding the program to its lone National Junior College Athletic Association national championship tournament appearance in 2006.

The Colts will open preseason camp in October.

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