Joe Duca is in his second season as an assistant coach for the Spartans. A 2006 graduate of Ithaca College, Duca qualified for nationals three times and was an All-American at 157 lbs as a senior. Duca graduated from Ithaca College with a B.S. in Computer Information Systems.
As a sophomore Duca earned all-state honors (placing seventh) and was a named an NWCA Scholar All-American. He won his first career tournament title at Millersville's Shorty Hitchcock Memorial Classic (where Ithaca was the only non-Division I team). He was also a place-winner at RIT (second) and Roger Williams (fourth). He ranked second on the team in wins, takedowns and points.
During his final season at Ithaca, Duca won the Williamstown Invitational, the New York State Collegiate Championships (Division I, II and III, and junior colleges) and the Empire 8 Conference Championships. Duca finished his career with a 93-34 record and also earned academic all-American honors.
Duca is a trooper with the Vermont State Police. Duca and his partner, K9 Buck, are assigned to the Rutland Barracks. They are members of the State Police K9 Team and Search and Rescue Team.
Duca attended South Brunswick High School in New Jersey where he earned four varsity letters in wrestling and two in cross country. While in high school, Duca competed for Team New Jersey in both Freestyle and Greco Roman.