NBA legend Joe Dumars joins Galway sports tech firm Orreco

American Basketball Hall of Famer Joe Dumars has joined the board of Orreco, the Irish biomarker and sports performance company that counts leading NBA franchises and players among its clients.

Dumars, who basketball legend Michael Jordan said was the best defensive player he came up against, enjoyed an exceptional 14-year career as a player with the Detroit Pistons and was a six-time NBA All-Star.

Inducted into the basketball Hall of Fame in 2006, he won NBA titles as a player with the Pistons in 1989 and 1990 before securing another title as their President of Basketball Operations in 2004. He was the MVP when the Pistons won the NBA title in 1989.

“For an NBA legend of Joe Dumars’ calibre to join our board is an exceptional endorsement for Orreco”

Galway-based Orreco, a leading player in bio-analytics and performance for elite athletes has a client base that includes NBA teams such as the Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks as well as being analytics partner to the US National Basketball Players Association.

Its experience within the NBA has made Orreco and its team of PhD scientists global leaders in basketball bio-analytics, developing a deep understanding of the relationship between biomarkers, wearable technology and performance analytics.

The company supports and accelerates player recovery and optimises game-time performance as well as managing the so-called “Rookie Wall” and prolonging veteran player’s careers.

“For an NBA legend of Joe Dumars’ calibre to join our board is an exceptional endorsement for Orreco,” said Orreco CEO and co-founder Dr Brian Moore.

“As a renowned player and President of Basketball Operations with the Detroit Pistons he earned his position in the Basketball Hall of Fame and we look forward to working with him to continue to grow Orreco’s role as a vital support to elite athletes, teams and sports organisations.”

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Orreco, which has received support from Enterprise Ireland and other investors, has offices in London and Los Angeles. It also works with other elite sports organisations such as US Women’s Soccer, USA Swimming, Red Bull High Performance as well as English Premier League side Newcastle United FC and the Chelsea FC Women’s team. In 2017 it  created the FitrWoman app.

“I am delighted to join the board of Orreco, a company that has boosted the performances and careers of many of the current generation of basketball stars through their expertise in bio-analytics,” Dumars said.

“I look forward to working with them as they continue to enhance the performances of elite athletes from a range of disciplines through their unrivalled expertise.”

Dumars was the first recipient of the NBA’s Sportsmanship Award and the association subsequently named the award after him. As President of Basketball Operations with the Pistons, he was named NBA Executive of the Year in 2003.

He joins an Orreco board that includes: Tom Killalea, former vice-president of Technology with Amazon; Phil Black, co-founder of True Ventures; Dr Brian Moore, Orreco CEO; and Tareq Al Bahri.

Written by John Kennedy (

Published: 20 February, 2020