Lynn Comer Kachmarik

Lynn speaking to groupLynn 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 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).

Lynn has over 45 years of experience in youth, high school, collegiate, and professional sports. Lynn was an All-American water polo player and swimmer at Slippery Rock University where she received her BS and MS Degrees in Physiology and Education. She was a 12-year member of the United States National Water Polo team, and then served on their Executive Committee. 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. Most recently, Lynn served as the National Outreach Director for Play Like a Champion Today. Under her guidance, the program was transformed from a small organization focused on educating Catholic youth coaches and parents into one of the top educational programs serving public and private elementary and high schools around the world. Lynn has been inducted into 6 Athletic Halls of Fame, including the United States Water Polo Hall of Fame, Bucknell University Athletic Hall of Fame, and the Collegiate Water Polo Coach Hall of Fame. She resides in Mishawaka, IN where she and her husband Scott are the proud parents of 3 college-aged children.

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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 Perth, Australia (1989-1990)
  • First woman to coach any NCAA Division I Men’s Team Sport (Water Polo at Bucknell University)
  • Only woman named Eastern Men’s Water Polo Coach of the Year (1986)
  • Twelve-year member of the U.S. Women’s National Water Polo Team and team captain, six years (1976-1988)
  • 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)
  • Four-Time A.I.A.W. All-American Swimmer at Slippery Rock University
  • 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)
  • Inducted into the Neshaminy High School Hall of Fame (1985)