At SUNY Orange, we believe that athletics and competition are an extension of your education. Hard work, leadership, teamwork and interpersonal communication skills are developed through participation in competitive athletics, and become the foundation upon which future successes are built.

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SUNY Orange competes in the following NJCAA sports:
Men's Women's
Basketball Basketball
Baseball Cross Country
Cross Country Softball
Golf Volleyball


  • SUNY Orange has all the academic and athletic resources a student-athlete will need to be successful.
  • SUNY Orange teams and athletes have excelled at the conference, regional and national levels.
  • Every year some of the best high school athletes in Orange County choose to attend SUNY Orange and compete for Orange athletics.
  • Four of our sports: men's basketball, baseball, women's basketball and softball, compete at the NJCAA Division II level, which allows us to grant athletic scholarships.
  • SUNY Orange athletes have gone on to play and succeed at NCAA Division I, II and III programs.
  • SUNY Orange student-athletes get to practice and complete at the College's quality, well-maintained facilities.


Women's Basketball Preseason Meeting

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

There will be an introductory meeting for anyone interested in Women's Basketball on Tuesday September 12 at 3:30 in room PE 241. If you have questions or are unable to attend, please contact Coach Lauro at or stop by the main office, PE 245.

Prospective Basketball Players - A New Year Is Upon Us!

Monday, August 28th, 2017

The 2017 - 2018 SUNY Orange Men's Basketball team is going to kick off the new year with a meeting for all interested students on Thursday, August 31 at 5:00 PM in room 222 in the Physical Education Building. This organizational meeting is mandatory for all returning and new players. Any questions, please contact head coach, Joe Detz. Please bring a pen with you to the meeting.

Volleyball Tryouts

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Tryouts for the 2017 Women's Volleyball Team will begin on Monday, August 14. Tryouts will run all week from 10-1. Interested athletes must be registered full time students and have a physical form filled out. After tryouts, the team will practice from 10-1 until the start of school. Practices will then move to 4-6. Games are played on Tuesday and Thursday nights, as well as Saturday afternoons. For more information contact Coach Convery at

Student/Athletes Named to Athletic Department Honor Roll

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Middletown, NY - As successful as the Colts were on the courts and playing fields this year, they were even more successful in the classroom. The SUNY Orange Athletic Department has named its Spring 2017 Honor Roll and every sport is represented. The men's soccer team leads the way with seven honor roll awardees. Next were the women's basketball and softball team's with 5 recipients. In all, 31 student-athletes were recognized on the honor roll. To qualify, each student-athlete had to achieve a GPA for the semester of at least 3.0. To balance school, an inter-collegiate sport, and often times a part time job, takes a special commitment by these impressive young people. Congratulations to these recipients. SUNY Orange Athletics is proud to have you represent us!

Spring 2017 Athletic Department Honor Roll: (Men's Basketball) Robert Olsen, Scott Reisert (Women's Basketball) Callia Cropp, Kelsie Doller, Genevieve Merrigan, Nyasia Harris, Sally Santiago (Baseball) Nick Fini, Brad Nowak, Mike Carmody, Kyle O'Brien, Steve Ionnolo (Softball) Rebecca Rose, Kaylee Weinberg, Stephanie Manley, Emma Byrne, Alexandra Martens (Golf) Frank Smith, Chris Dimieri (Volleyball) Alexis Suarez (Soccer) Feras Almasaeid , Ramiro Cuacuas, Manolo Isaza, Andre Marin, Guiseppe Vanoni, John Bolanos, Brendan Siegel (Cross Country) Jennifer Lindstrom, Anakary Merino, Renita Johnson, Haley Maerz

Orange Athlete Receives Prestigious Award

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Middletown, NY - Orange baseball player Jonathon Lindau was recently named as a recipient of the prestigious Chancellor's Scholar-Athlete Award. Lindau was an outstanding student and catcher in his time at Orange. Jonathon was an All-Region player who was also the Defensive Player of the Year in Region 15. The Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence, honors State University of New York students who have best demonstrated and been recognized for their integration of academic excellence with other aspects of their lives, which may include leadership, campus involvement, athletics, career achievement, community service or creative and performing arts. After Orange, Jon transferred to Castleton State where he is a key member of their championship baseball team.

Coach Paul Rickard Made Mark On and Off the Court

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Coach Paul Rickard. Coach Rickard was a proud employee of SUNY Orange for over 30 years and impacted countless students and players. A basketball and golf coach, he was well respected by staff, students and peers alike. Coach Rickard was a leader known for his integrity and humility. He will be greatly missed by all of those that knew him. Condolences and blessings to his friends and family. Below is a link to an article from the April 3rd Times Herald Record, written by Kevin Gleason.

Orange Men's Basketball: Year in Review - A Championship Season

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Middletown, NY - The SUNY Orange men's basketball team made history this past season. The team won the first ever NJCAA Region 15 Division II Championship. Since 2004, Orange had been the only Division II team in Region 15 and was forced to bounce between Region's 19 and 21. With the addition of Ulster as a Division II team, the Colts home region would finally crown a champion. Orange won the inaugural title with an 89-80 victory in the championship game played at Dutchess CC. While last year's playoff qualifying team relied on All-American Tyvon Cooper and his 24 points per game, this year's Colts featured a more balanced attack.

Eight players averaged between 14.9 and 7.4 ppg this year. Three Colts; Kierre Davis, Scott Reisert, and Mike Felix, were named to both the Mid-Hudson Conference All Conference Team as well as the All Region 15 Division II first team. Davis, a freshman, played point guard for the team this season. He averaged 12.2 ppg and dished out 5.3 assists per game which ranked him 22nd in the nation. Reisert played inside and out. He averaged a double double with 10.8 ppg and 10.0 rebound per game. Scott was 13th in the country in total rebounds. Orange's third All MHC/Region 15 selection was forward Mike Felix. Mike was one of the glue guys that makes everyone else better. He always guarded the other team's best inside player. Mike averaged 8.6 ppg and 6.4 rpg. Josh Mitchell joined the team at the end of the first semester. Josh stepped right in to help the team. He averaged 14.9 ppg and shot an outstanding 47.4% from behind the three-point line. It took Eric Block awhile to get used to the college game. When he did, however, he had a huge impact for the Colts. Blocks 9.1 ppg are only a small part of his story. In the last weeks of the season Block came up big time after time. He scored 28 points in a double overtime win over nationally ranked Sullivan, then added to that by scoring 20 in the Region Championship game. In the team's final game, Block was once again the leading scorer with 19 against Lackawanna. Freshmen Scott Kingly and Bobby Olsen both return next year and should be major contributors. Kingly averaged 7.4 ppg and 7.0 rpg while Olsen tallied 7.8 ppg and 4.4 rpg.

Orange returns a solid nucleus of players next season. With Davis, Mitchell, and Block all being first year players, the entire back court should be back next season. In the front court Olsen and Kingly, along with much improved Xavier Hunter, give the Colts a few seasoned veterans to rely on. If things break the right way, the Colts could make another run at the Region title and a trip deep into the District tournament is a distinct possibility.

16-17 Women's Basketball Year in Review

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Middletown, NY - The SUNY Orange women had a successful 2016-17 campaign. The team finished the season 15-10 and had their most wins since 2013-14. The team placed second in the Mid-Hudson Conference and reached the semifinals of the NJCAA District N/O Tournament.

This year's team featured a balanced approach. This was evident as three team members were named to the All-Conference Mid-Hudson Women's Basketball team. Garnering first team honors this season were sophomore Nyasia Harris and freshmen Anne Marie Chiappone and Casey Waldron. Harris was an inside force for the Colts. She averaged 12.6 points per game (ppg) and was 10th in the nation with 12.2 rebounds per game (rpg). Chiappone was the team leader at 13.4 ppg. Her mid-range jump shot gave opponents fits all season long. Casey Waldron was another inside presence whose game matured greatly throughout the season. Casey averaged 8.8 ppg and 8.2 rpg for Orange. Sophomore Calia Cropp missed some time this season due to injury. Her missed games likely kept her from also making a post season all-conference team. Calia, the team leader in assists at 4.3 per game, was also the second leading scorer at 12.8 ppg. Sheila Burns was another freshman who earned a starting spot. Her athleticism and defensive contributions were outstanding throughout the season.

Orange returns a solid nucleus of players next season. With a couple of key additions the Colts should once again be in position to contend for a conference title. If things break the right way a trip to Harrison, AK for the NJCAA Division 2 National Championship is not out of the question.

Fall 2016 Athletic Department Academic Honor Roll Announced

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Middletown, NY - The Fall 2016 Athletic Department Academic Honor Roll has been released today. "The hard work and dedication our student athletes put into their performance in the classroom makes me very proud", said SUNY Orange athletic director Wayne Smith. "The support our athletes receive from their coaches, faculty, administration and staff at SUNY Orange is second to none." Congratulations to the 21 student-athletes, representing seven sports, who achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the Fall 2016 semester.

Cross Country; Renita Johnson, Haley Maerz

Soccer; John Dalanos, Andre Marin, Guiseppe Vanoni

Volleyball; Diana Restrepo, Casey Schnoor

Men's Basketball; Mike Felix, Bobby Olsen

Women's Basketball: Sheila Burns, Callia Cropp, Kelsie Doller, Nyasia Harris, Sally Santiago

Baseball; Nick Fini, Steve Iannolo, Brad Nowak, Kyle O'Brien

Softball; Stephanie Manley, Rebecca Rose, Kaylee Weinberg

Orange Women Finish Strong Season at Nationals

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Middletown, NY - It is not hyperbole to state that the SUNY Orange women's cross country team had its best season ever. In their first season of competition the team exceeded every expectation. The team, which fielded a full contingent of runners, was nationally ranked for much of the season. The team won the Mid-Hudson Conference title and had the Region 15 Champion. Haley Maerz won the Mid-Hudson Conference race and finished 22nd in a time of 22:14 at the NJCAA National Championship. Also qualifying for the nationals, were Region XV Champion Jennifer Lindstrom who finished in 31st and Renita Johnson who finished 34th. These outstanding performances by our student-athletes give high hopes for the team in 2017.

Medina Competes at National Tournament

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

SUNY Orange freshman Jordan Medina competed this past weekend in the NJCAA Nationals. Jordan finished 54th with a time of 31:46. Jordan had a great freshman year, finishing 5th in the Regionals and 1st at the Mid Hudson Conference meet.

Orange Runners Fly At Regionals

Friday, November 11th, 2016

Milton, NY - For the first time in almost 40 years, the SUNY Orange Cross Country team competed for the Region 15 Championship. Orange Freshman Jennifer Lidstrom won the women's race in a time of 22:48 and freshman Jordan Medina placed fifth in the men's race with a time of 29:52. Other top finishers for the Colts were Haley Maerz and Renita Johnson. All four runners have qualified for the NJCAA National Cross Country Championship on November 12 at the Bruce Bridgman Cross Country Course in Canandaigua, New York. Orange runners also swept the Mid Hudson Conference meet with Maerz and Medina winning their respective races. Orange had a fantastic first season back and the future is only looking brighter for these great student-athletes and this program.

Orange To Celebrate Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2016

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Hall of Fame Weekend kicks off on Friday, Nov 12 with a cocktail reception in Morrison Hall. On Saturday morning the 5th annual Hall of Fame Induction and Reunion will be held at Kuhl's Highland House in Middletown. This year's inductees span seven decades of SUNY Orange history. This year's honorees are Jack McMahon '53, Frank Carrozza '67, Matt Dillon '87, Dana O'Neill '88, and over 30 year tennis coach Sam Markovits. The five new members represent seven sports and all gave a lot to SUNY Orange in their time here.

For more information and to register your attendance at the cocktail social, Hall of Fame Breakfast, or both, please go to We hope to see many of you there!

Volleyball Players named to All-Region Teams

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Congratulations to Sydney Hendershot and Annmarie Sumski for being voted to the NJCAA Region 15 All-Region Teams. Sydney was named to the All Region 1st Team with the second highest votes. Annmarie was named to the All Region 2nd Team.

Orange qualifies for Quarter-Finals in Region 15

Monday, October 24th, 2016

SUNY Orange Women's Volleyball has qualified for the NJCAA Region 15 Quarter-Finals by taking the 4th seed. They will face the #5 seed Rockland at home on Thursday Oct. 27 at 7pm. The winner of the match will continue on to the Semi-Finals to be held at Orange on Saturday Oct. 29 at 12pm, followed by the Region Finals at 1:30pm.

SUNY Orange 1st Seed in Conference Championships

Monday, October 24th, 2016

The SUNY Orange Women's Volleyball team is the 1st seed in the inaugural Mid-Hudson Conference Championships. The playoffs will take place on Tuesday, October 25 at SUNY Orange beginning at 5pm. Orange will compete against 4th seed Westchester CC, while Ulster CC (#2 seed) takes on Rockland CC (#3 seed). The winners of both matches will face each other in the finals at 7pm.

Sydney Hendershot named MHC Conference Player of the Week

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

All Conference and All Region Honors for Colt Baseball Players

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

The baseball season has ended and with it comes well deserved recognition from the Mid Hudson Conference and Region XV for several Orange players. Named to the Mid Hudson Conference first team were Jonathon Lindau and Mike Bartolone. Region XV honors went to second team selections Bartolone, Kyle O'Brien, and James Daidone. Jonathon Lindau was named to the Gold Glove Team as a catcher and also received a Region XV Sportsmanship Award.

Jonathon Lindau was the team's defensive stopper behind the plate this year. As catcher he excelled at handling the pitching staff and helping with their pitch selection. Lindau also has a canon for an arm. The 13 base runners who tried and failed can attest to how tough it was to steal on him this season. At the plate Lindau batted over .300 and led the team in home runs, extra base hits, and RBI. Johnathon will be attending school and playing at Castleton St. next year.

After playing third base the previous year, Mike Bartolone found his groove in the outfield for the Colts this season. "Bart" recorded 59 putouts this year and assisted on two double plays. At bat was where Mike really shined this year. He led the team in batting average, hitting a robust .402. He also led the team in doubles and triples. His 49 hits were 9 more than any other Colt had this year. Bartolone is going to continue his education at East Carolina University in the Fall and will try to walk on with the Pirates.

James Daidone was limited a bit this year by a wrist injury. He was still able to bat for the Colts and his success there landed him on the All Region team as a designated hitter. Daidone, who will be attending the University of Buffalo to major in engineering in the Fall, batted close to .300 and was tied for second on the team in home runs.

The lone freshman on the team, Kyle O'Brien, played second base for Orange. Kyle anchored the middle of the infield and his bat became explosive as he learned to adjust to the speed of the college game. Kyle was second on the team with a .348 batting average and second in hits. Kyle will be a key returner for the Colts next year.

Congratulations to all of these well-deserved recipients! All of them exemplify everything a student/athlete should represent. They all have great character and played the game the right way.

Colts' Cooper Earns All American Honors

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Middletown, NY - For the first time in three years the SUNY Orange Colts basketball team returned to post season play. One of the main reasons for the Colts success and playoff appearance was the outstanding play and leadership of sophomore Tyvon Cooper. Due to Tyvon's contributions to the team he has been named to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division 2 All American Team. Not only was his play on the court stellar, but so were his leadership qualities. Tyvon was always positive and encouraging with his teammates and never gave up on a play or a game. Nationally Cooper was 3rd in scoring at 23.7 points per game. He was also 8th in free throw percentage, shooting 85%. He showed his all around versatility by leading Orange in several statistical categories in addition to the two above, these included; rebounds, steals, field goals made and 3 point field goals made. Tyvon's season also places him into the SUNY Orange record book. His 23.7 points per game places him seventh on the all time single season scoring average list and his 88 made 3 pointers are second to only Neal Wilkins 91 during the 2004-2005 season. Congratulations to Tyvon for this great accomplishment!

Orange Athletics Works with Wreaths Across America

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016