Kevin Orr began his parasport career as an athlete, winning two bronze medals in athletics in the Seoul 1988 Paralympic Games and four national championships in wheelchair basketball at the University of Illinois.
In 1989, he began coaching wheelchair rugby and led his club team to five USQRA national championship titles and 10 straight finals appearances. After a tenure as the head coach of the USA wheelchair rugby team – where he was featured in the 2005 documentary “Murderball” – and a stint as a national athletics coach, he was recruited to coach the Canadian wheelchair rugby team.
Despite a disappointing fifth-place finish at the 2010 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships, Orr rallied the team at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, where his team upset the number-one-ranked Americans in the semi-finals and eventually earned a silver medal. He recently repeated that performance at the 2014 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships, where the team once again earned silver.
In 2015, Orr coached the team to its first gold medal in 13 years at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games. In October, Canada achieved a world #1 ranking when the team won gold at the 2015 World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge.
Orr coached the team to its first gold medal in 13 years at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games. In October, Canada achieved a world #1 ranking when the team won gold at the 2015 World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge.
Orr enjoys spending time with his wife and his two daughters, bass fishing and attending church. He was recently inducted into the National Wheelchair Basketball Association Collegiate Hall of Fame.
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
2015 Parapan American Games 1st
2014 World Championships 2nd
2012 Paralympic Games 2nd
2010 World Championships 5th
2008 Paralympic Games 3rd
2006 World Championships 3rd
2004 Paralympic Games 3rd (with Team USA)
1988 Paralympic Games 3rd 800-m (as an athlete)
1988 Paralympic Games 3rd 5000-m (as an athlete)