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Orth inducted to Waterloo Region Hall of Fame

By Jamie Howieson, 05/13/15, 12:00PM EDT

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Long-time women's lacrosse coach inducted as a sports builder for the Region

WATERLOO, Ont. (May 5, 2015) - On Sunday, April 26, Wilfrid Laurier women’s lacrosse head coach Lynn Orth was recognized for her contributions to the sport of lacrosse in the Waterloo Region as she was inducted into the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame in a ceremony held at the Waterloo Region Museum.

Orth, who has served as head coach of the Golden Hawks since 1999, has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success with the purple and gold in her 16 years at the helm of the program. She turned the team into a dynasty during the 2000’s as Laurier won an impressive eight OUA championships between 2000 and 2010. Included in that run was a stretch of six consecutive championships between 2003 and 2008.

Over the course of her career at Laurier, she has compiled a 117-34 win-loss record while also being named the OUA Coach of the Year in 2010.

Outside of Laurier, Orth has been involved in Kitchener-Waterloo Minor Lacrosse Association (KWMLA) for more than 22 years in many administrative roles including treasurer and executive assistant. She was the program developer of the “Soft Paperweight” box lacrosse program for youth, and founder and coach of the KWMLA Women’s Field Lacrosse Program. She is also a Life Member of KWMLA.

Orth has also been active with the Ontario Lacrosse Association (OLA) as a convenor, Vice President of Promotion, and in hosting provincial qualifying tournaments and championships. She was recognized with the OLA Volunteer Award as the volunteer who has done the most to promote the sport of lacrosse in Ontario; the Canadian Lacrosse Association Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of service to the betterment of the game; the OLA President’s Award in recognition of 20 years commitment; the Ontario Field Lacrosse Officials Award for outstanding support of Referee Development; and the Ontario Field Commissioner’s Award for continuous promotion of the game of Field Lacrosse. 

She was the manager of the Senior Women's National team from 2000 to 2005. Orth and her husband Al are co-majority owners and she is the Team Manager of the local K-W Kodiaks of the Ontario Major Series Lacrosse League. The Kodiaks were 2003 and 2005 Presidents Cup National Champions.