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Ray V. Orman

Ray V. Orman

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Inducted 1992

College

Cornell University

At Cornell, Van Orman was one of the nation's leading football ends, playing for Coach Glenn "Pop" Warner. From 1911-19, he was an assistant football coach at Cornell. In 1920, he became the head football coach and director of athletics at Johns Hopkins University.

Although he never had seen lacrosse, he became the lacrosse coach at Hopkins in 1926. Van Orman built nationally prominent teams from 1926-34, coaching victorious Olympic teams in 1928 and 1932, and winning the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Championships in 1926, 1927 and 1928.

During his tenure at Hopkins, Van Orman coached 26 players who were named first team All-Americans. In 1953, he was awarded the Johns Hopkins honorary chair for outstanding achievement in the field of lacrosse.

After coaching the Mt. Washington Lacrosse Club in 1935, Van Orman returned to Cornell to be an assistant football coach. He became the head football coach at Cornell in 1940. In 1945, he was named assistant lacrosse coach at Cornell. In 1982, he was inducted posthumously to the Cornell University Athletic Hall of Fame.

Van Orman passed away in 1954.