Wendy Orrison spent 14 seasons at the helm of the Washington and Lee field hockey program. Orrison ushered W&L into its first full varsity season in 2001 and ledled the Generals to a .500 record or better in 10 of her 14 years.
The rise of the program culminated during the 2005 season when Orrison led the team to a 15-6 overall record, the program's first ODAC Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
After going 3-10 in 2001, Orrison led W&L to a 10-9 overall record in both the 2002 and 2003 seasons and to a 9-9 record in 2004. Additionally, W&L advanced to the ODAC Tournament Semifinals in 2002, 2003 and 2004, before winning the tournament championship in 2005. Orrison's 2006 team finished with a 14-6 overall record and again advanced to the ODAC semifinals.
Orrison was presented the ODAC Coach of the Year award following the 2002, 2005 and 2009 seasons. Her record was 129-125 overall.
Orrison began at W&L in July of 2001, after serving as head field hockey and lacrosse coach at Hollins University for four years. At Hollins, Orrison took over a field hockey program which had won only three games the previous three seasons and guided it to the ODAC Tournament in three of her four years. She also led the lacrosse team to .500 records each of her final two seasons, a first at Hollins in more than 10 years.
Before Hollins, Orrison had served as the varsity field hockey and lacrosse coach at Langley High School in McLean, Va. Her hockey teams posted a 54-32-3 overall record and qualified for the regional tournament in each of her six years as head coach. She was also instrumental in establishing a varsity lacrosse program at Langley, taking the team to the regional tournament in each of her three seasons.
Orrison is active with US Field Hockey and the National Field Hockey Coaches' Association (NFHCA). She earned her Level 2 certification in 2011 and has been involved with coaching Futures (a program that is dedicated to developing the top field hockey athletes in each region, identifing the most talented athletes in the nation and cultivating the Olympic athletes of tomorrow) at a local site, at Regionals and at the National Futures Championship. Orrison also served as a selector for US Field Hockey. She was a Division III Group Representative for the NFHCA, as well as serving as a member on the All-American Committee. Orrison has also been on the NCAA DIII Field Hockey committee and acted as chair for one year, while on the committee.
Orrison is co-owner of a youth camp called Camp PLAY that runs at Washington & Lee University each summer for local children. The camp is designed to get children moving and playing at an early age to help foster a permanent healthy lifestyle.
Orrison is a 1989 graduate of the University of New Mexico where she earned a bachelor of arts. She also holds a master of arts in liberal studies from Hollins. Orrison resides in nearby Natural Bridge, Va., with her husband Mike and children Carlisle and Nellie.