• 299 career victories
• 21 Ivy League championships
• five straight Ivy League titles between 2009-13, as well as seven of the last nine
• 59 All-Americas
• two NCAA championship relays
• coached multiple Olympians, including 1992 gold medalist Nelson Diebel
The third-winningest active coach in the Princeton athletic department, Rob Orr has won 299 swim meets and 21 EISL/Ivy League Championships during an illustrious career that shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. He will begin his 36th season this fall with the program on one of its most impressive stretches.
Of his 21 league championships, none was likely as heart-stopping as the 2011 championship. After losing to Harvard in the regular season, Princeton had to travel to Blodgett Pool to compete for a third straight title. Despite its underdog status, the Tigers grabbed the lead on night one and held it into Saturday evening. As the Crimson continued to chip away, Princeton picked up several key points from members of each class and held on for a 5.5-point victory in the closest championship meet in league history.
That victory was the third of a stretch of five straight Ivy League championships, the second-longest championship stretch of Orr's historic career. During the 2013 Championships, Princeton went to Brown after a 5-2 Ivy season and upset Harvard to win the Ivy League title with a freshman-led squad.
Princeton’s 2006 championship, which began the current run of seven titles in nine years, was also an upset victory after a regular season loss to Harvard. Despite not winning a single individual event, the Tigers shot out to a big lead on the opening day and never looked back. 2007 was more of the same, as the Tigers had only one individual win but cruised to the EISL title in the friendly confines of their home arena, DeNunzio Pool.
There has also been significant individual successes recently, including a handful of NCAA Championship appearances for Lennox, Christensen and a 2006 All-America honor for Meir Hasbani, who reached the NCAA championship final in the 200 fly. Christensen also reached the NCAA final is his last year, while six underclassmen went to NCAAs for Princeton during the 2012-13 season.
Princeton also produced several All-America relays, including in both 2009 and 2012. Orr has also coached several Olympians and NCAA champions, including 1992 Olympic gold medalist Nelson Diebel ’96 and Lennox, who competed in the 2008 Olympics.
His most recent NCAA champion was the 1990 foursome of Mike Ross ’90, Ty Nelson ’91, Leroy Kim ’93 and Erik Osborn ’90, who set an American record in capturing the 200-yard medley relay. Ross, Nelson, Rich Korhammer ’89 and Rob Musslewhite ’92 had won the event in 1989.
Entering his 35th season at Princeton, Orr has compiled a very impressive 294-43 (.872) career dual meet mark, including a 209-25 (.886) record in the Ivy League.
A 1972 graduate of Southern California, Orr has kept Princeton at or near the top of the Eastern Intercollegiate Swimming League/Ivy League. Princeton has enjoyed five Top 20 finishes at the NCAA championships under Orr’s watch. He has guided the Tigers to 21 Ivy League/EISL regular season championships and 12 perfect seasons.
Orr has been the EISL Coach of the Year six times, most recently in 1995. In 1990 he received the Master Coach Award from the College Swimming Coaches Association for his contributions to collegiate swimming.
He also served as head coach at the 1991 Olympic Festival and was the head women’s coach for the 1993 U.S. national junior team. He has also served on the NCAA Swimming and Diving Committee.
Orr has a master’s degree in physical education from USC and served as an assistant coach with the Trojan program for three years.
|Year||Overall W-L||Ivy W-L||Championships|
|TOTALS||299-46 (.867)||215-28 (.885)||21 titles|