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Inducted: 2006 - Player

Current Home: Moraga, Calif.

Born: June 12, 1960               

Ann (Cohan) Orders started her Ultimate career on the Michigan State University Women's team in 1981 as one of the original Fisheads. Over the years, Ann's throwing skills were rated among the most premier in the women's game. Throughout her playing career on the Fisheads, Santa Barbara Condors, LA and San Diego, Ann took a leadership role and provided strategy and focus at the highest levels of competition - earning six UPA Club Championships, three World Championships, and contributing to the growth of women's Ultimate in the communities in which she has lived. Ann was successful on the field and worked to teach skills to younger players and elevate the women's game throughout her Ultimate career.

Playing Career | US Nationals | WFDF Worlds | Contributions & Service | Interview

Playing Career

1981–1983    Michigan State University – Fisheads
1984–87, 1989, 1991   Santa Barbara Condors
1988, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1996   Los Angeles and San Diego
1994, 1995   Boise, Idaho


US National Championship Tournaments  


Name    City    Year    Venue    Placing
Fisheads   East Lansing, MI   1981   Austin, TX   Fifth
Fisheads   East Lansing, MI   1982   Austin, TX   Second
Fisheads   East Lansing, MI   1983   New Orleans, LA   Champion
Condors   Santa Barbara   1984   Santa Barbara, CA   Champion
Condors   Santa Barbara   1985   Washington, D.C.   Champion
Condors   Santa Barbara   1986   Houston, TX   Champion
Condors   Santa Barbara   1987   Miami, FL   Champion
Crush Club   LA/Santa Barbara   1989   Washington, D.C.   Champion
Safari   San Diego   1990   West Palm   Second
Condors   Santa Barbara   1991   Sandord   Semifinals
Block Party   -   1992   San Diego, CA   Semifinals
Condors   Santa Barbara   1993   San Antonio, TX   Pool Play







WFDF World Ultimate Championship Tournaments

Name   City    Year   Venue   Placing
Condors   Santa Barbara   1986   Colchester, England   Champion
Condors   Santa Barbara   1988   Leuven, Belgium   Champion
Crush Club   LA/Santa Barbara   1990   Olso, Norway   Champion
Condors   Santa Barbara   1991   Toronto, Canada   Semifinals


Contributions and Service

•    MidWest Sectional Coordinator

•    Western Regional Coordinator  

•    Started Fisheads, So L.A. and Boise Women’s teams


Q: What position(s) (e.g., handler, deep cutter, middle-middle) did you usually play?

A: Handler.

Q: Describe your major accomplishments – both as a teammate and an individual player?

A: Six-time National Champion, three-time World Champion, along with numerous other tournament titles.

As a teammate, I provided leadership to the team, strategy and focus.  As a team,  we worked exceptionally hard to elevate the level of play in the Women’s Division – fitness, throwing, offensive and defensive skills, etc.

I played a significant role in starting/growing Women’s Ultimate in the communities in which I lived (Michigan State, Colorado, Los Angeles, Idaho).

Q: Why did you stand out among the elite players of your time?  What was it that you did best, or were known for?  

A: Leadership skills, throws, strategy, work ethic, teaching younger players.

Q: What was the role with the best (or most overachieving) team that you played on?

A: Team leader.

Q: What was the peak of your career?  If you continued playing after your peak years, how did your role change?  In what year did you stop playing at the top competitive level?

A: The peak of my career was 1981-92 during which I had a leadership role on my team and won Nationals six times (as well as a second place finish and two semi-final finishes) and Worlds three times.  After my peak years, I remained an informal leader and worked to teach skills to younger players.  In addition, I helped to start/grow teams in my community.

Q: Why do you believe you were worthy of being inducted into the Ultimate Hall of Fame?

A: Primarily for my success on the field, my leadership roles, and helping to grow the sport and helping to elevate the level of women’s play.  

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