Keith Detelj, who competed at Marist College from 2003-2007, began his first season as the full-time head women’s lacrosse coach at the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2019. He spent two seasons as the interim head coach of the lacrosse team before being promoted in the summer of 2018.
The 2019 campaign for SUNY New Paltz was the best in its existence. Detelj led the Hawks to their winningest record in program history at 8-8, going 4-5 in SUNYAC play and clinching the program's first ever postseason spot. SUNY New Paltz claimed conference victories over Plattsburgh State, SUNY Potsdam, Buffalo State and its first ever victory over Fredonia State. detelj
The Hawks finished 5-9 in each of Detelj's first two seasons, two more wins than in the 2016 campaign, and 1-7 in the SUNYAC in both years. Under his direction, Detelj saw three student-athletes collect All-SUNYAC honors and one student-athlete earn the SUNY Chancellor's Award.
During his career at Marist, Detelj, a midfielder, accumulated 73 goals and 28 assists across four seasons and was a three-time First Team All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) honoree, as well as the 2004 Offensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year and the 2005 MAAC Tournament MVP.
Prior to his arrival at New Paltz, Detelj was the assistant offensive coach for the Nassau Community College Women’s Lacrosse team from 2012-14 before taking over as head coach in the 2015 season. Under his direction, the team won the 2015 Region XV Championship, the 2015 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) District “D” Championship and led the team to its second NJCAA Division III Final Four appearance. In addition, he has coached two NJCAA First Team All-Americans, seven All-Region honorees, one Region XV Player of the Year and was named 2015 District Coach of the Year.
Detelj earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Marist in 2007.