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Legendary golf coach Bill Detrick retires
- Updated: July 18, 2013
Hartford, Conn., July 18, 2013 – Bill Detrick, the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Golf Coach of the Year three times, has announced his retirement after 23 years as head coach of the Trinity College golf team.
Detrick, who arrived at Trinity in the spring of 1991 after a 29-year career as the head men’s basketball coach at nearby Central Connecticut State University where the gymnasium bears his name, built the Trinity golf team into one of the most successful Division III programs in New England. The Bantams qualified for the seven NESCAC Championship Tournaments, winning the league title and qualifying for the NCAA Division III Championships in 2009-10, and Trinity linksmen have claimed NESCAC Player of the Year honors in six of the last eight years.
In Detrick’s final campaign, the Bantams won the 2012 NESCAC Fall Qualifying Tournament, earning the right to host the championship tourney in the spring, and finished as the 2013 NESCAC Championship Runner-Up.
“I have a great appreciation for everyone at Trinity College and it has been gratifying for me to have worked with so many fine young people,” said Detrick.
“The true measure of our success is found when I look at all the wonderful things that our players have done after graduating from Trinity. I would also like to thank my assistant coach and former captain, Jay Pulaski ’05 for the great service that he gave to the program over the last 12 years”
Detrick guided Trinity golf to both the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association (NEIGA) Division III and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division titles in 2006 and 2007, and to ties for first place in the NESCAC in 2007 and 2009. In 2007, Trinity won the first annual NESCAC Fall Championship Qualifier, and the Bantams repeated that feat last fall. His players and teams have collected countless regional and national honors for academic performance, including several Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar awards.
Detrick was honored as the NESCAC Coach of the Year in 2001, 2006, and 2007, and received the prestigious Gordon McCullough Coach’s Award for his lifetime contributions to collegiate golf at the New England Championships on Cape Cod in 2009. He is the all-time winningest basketball coach at Central Connecticut, his alma mater, with a 468 career victories and led the Blue Devils to the NCAA Division II Championship Tournament six times.
“With the retirement of Bill Detrick, a coaching legend decides to hang it up,” said Trinity Athletic Director Mike Renwick.
“Whether on the hard court or on the links, Bill Detrick has always been true to himself. He was the penultimate teacher and cared deeply about the success of his student-athletes in athletics, academics, and most importantly in life.
“Coach Detrick has and always will be a teacher of life. We have begun our search for our next golf coach and will hopefully have someone in place within the coming weeks.”