Trinity College Mourns The Passing Of Beloved Coach Bill Detrick

Trinity College Mourns The Passing Of Beloved Coach Bill Detrick

Hartford, Conn. – Trinity College lost a beloved member of its community early Friday morning as Bill Detrick, former head coach of the Bantam golf team, passed away at the age of 87. This past fall, Trinity renamed its annual golf tournament to open the year in honor of its longtime head coach.

"Bill Detrick was probably best known publicly for winning basketball games while roaming the sidelines of the court at Central Connecticut State University," Trinity Director of Athletics and Recreation Mike Renwick said. "However, he spent the last 20 years of his career educating the members of the Trinity Golf team and as a vibrant member of the Trinity athletic staff."

Detrick was the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Golf Coach of the Year three times and spent 23 seasons (1991-2013) at the helm of the Trinity golf program. 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.   

During his tenure, the Bantams qualified for seven NESCAC Championship Tournaments, winning the league title and qualifying for the NCAA Division III Championships in 2009-10, and Trinity linksmen had claimed NESCAC Player of the Year honors in six of the final 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.

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 in 2012. 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.

"Whether at Central or at Trinity, Bill was at his core an educator. He cared deeply about each and every student he coaches/taught, and he taught more than just a sport – he taught life," Renwick added. "We are all better for having spent time in Bill's presence and I can only hope we can all live the lessons he taught us during those moments. He and his family will always be members of the Trinity family and he will be sorely missed."

Detrick was a 1950 graduate of Central Connecticut, where he earned a bachelor's degree in business education, Detrick also has a master's degree in guidance from New York University. During his undergraduate days he starred in football, basketball and baseball.

Calling hours will be Monday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Farrell Funeral Home at 110 Franklin Square in New Britain.  A funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Saint Francis of Assisi Church at  1755 Stanley Street in New Britain.

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