Class of 2006 - Player

Ann (Cohan) Orders

Ann (Cohan) Orders

Hometown: Moraga, CA

Born: June 12, 1960 (Age 61)

Career Information

Club

1981–1983
1984–87, 1989, 1991
1988, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1996
1994, 1995

U.S. National Championships

6x U.S. Club Champion (1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989)

1x U.S. Club Runner Up (1982)

World Championships

3x World Champion (1986, 1988, 1990)

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.

Contributions & Service

  • MidWest Sectional Coordinator
  • Western Regional Coordinator
  • Started Fisheads, So L.A. and Boise Women’s teams

Championship Tournaments

U.S. National Championships

Year Team Placement
1981 Michigan State University (Fisheads) Club Women 5th
1982 Michigan State University (Fisheads) Club Women 2nd
1983 Michigan State University (Fisheads) Club Women 1st
1984 Condors Club Women 1st
1985 Condors Club Women 1st
1986 Condors Club Women 1st
1987 Condors Club Women 1st
1989 Crush Club Club Women 1st
1990 Ann (Cohan) Orders 2nd
1991 Condors Club Women 3rd
1992 Block Party Club Women 3rd
1993 Condors Club Women 5th

World Championships

Year Tournament Team Placement
1986 WUGC Colchester, UK Condors Club Women 1st
1988 WUGC Leuven, Belgium Condors Club Women 1st
1990 WUGC Oslo, Norway Crush Club Club Women 1st
1991 WUCC Toronto, ON Condors Club Women 3rd

Interview

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

Handler.

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

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).

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

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

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

Team leader.

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?

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.

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

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.

Ann (Cohan)'s Teammates