Co-curricular activities and athletics are an essential part of our program at IICS. We know that there is a strong connection between athletic participation, involvement in school and academic achievement. Many of the traits and behaviors we aim to foster in our students such as leadership, resilience, teamwork and commitment are developed through their experiences in these programmes.
For this reason, we are thrilled to announce Lynn Kachmarik’s visit to IICS in September for a series of workshops. During her time at IICS, Lynn will be working with the High School students on accountability and social awareness, the Middle School students on leadership, and Upper Primary students on success on and off the sports field. Lynn will also be running a session with parents on ‘Raising Great Adults’.
Lynn has 45 years of experience at all sports levels and coaching as well as a highly successful athletic career. She was an All-American water polo player and swimmer at Slippery Rock University where she earned her BS and MS Degrees in Physiology and Education. Throughout an 18 year career at Bucknell University, Lynn held various coaching positions, including serving a decade as the head coach for the Men’s and Women’s Water Polo and Swim teams. Lynn served as the Athletic Director at Saint Mary’s College for 10 years, and moved on to become the Vice-President and General Manager of the South Bend Silver Hawks Minor League Baseball Team. Lynn has been inducted into 6 Athletic Halls of Fame. Her workshops around the world inspire many students, parents and coaches.
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About Lynn Comer Kachmarik
Lynn is the founder and director of TRUE BRAND SPORTS LLC, which provides workshops around the world to improve the sport culture at the youth, high school, and collegiate level. Lynn is also a consultant and presenter for game on Nation, a nationally recognized pioneer in communication, leadership, and teambuilding, Lynn has developed workshops on exceptional leadership, teamwork, and other topics that resonate with
coaches, parents, student-athletes, and corporate executives. Lynn has served as a keynote speaker and presenter at state, national, and international conferences on the need for character-based leadership from administrators, coaches, parents, and student-athletes. Lynn was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the International Association of Athletic Administrators and Coaches (IAAAC).
Honors and Achievements
• Gold Medalist at 2014 and 2007 Aquatics World Championships, 50 + & 30+ Women’s Water Polo
• Two-year Assistant Women’s National Team Coach for World Aquatic Championships in Australia 1991-1993)
• First woman to coach any NCAA Division I Men’s Team Sport (Water Polo at Bucknell University)
• Twelve-year member of the U.S. Women’s National Water Polo Team and team captain, six years 1979-1991)
• The first woman to play on the Women’s National Team from outside of California
• Named to the All-World Team during playing tenure on the National Team
• Competed in 1980, 1984, and 1988 World Aquatic Championships, and many FINA World Cup championships
• Board of Directors of USA Water Polo (2005-2009): Served as ethics chair and established codes of conduct for players, officials, parents, and athletes; established a grievance process and adjudicated violation hearings
• Recipient of Sullivan Award for Outstanding Achievements in United States Aquatics (1981)
• Eight-Time U.S. Water Polo Association All-American Player
• Inducted into the Bucks County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Athletic Hall of Fame (2015)
• Inducted into Bucknell University Athletic Hall of Fame (2014)
• Among first group of women inducted into the United States Water Polo Hall of Fame (2004)
• First woman inducted into the Collegiate Water Polo Hall of Fame (2003)
• Inducted into Slippery Rock Athletic Hall of Fame (1991)