|Dr. Ray Van Orman attended Ithaca High School where he played on the football team that defeated the Cornell Varsity team in a practise game. He matriculated to Cornell University where he graduated with a degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicie in 1908.
At Cornell, Van Orman was one of the nation's leading football ends, playing for Coach Glenn "Pop" Warner. From 1911 through 1919, he was an assistant football coach at Cornell.
In 1920, he became the head football coach and Director of Athletics at Johns Hopkins University. Although he never had seen lacrosse, he became the lacrosse coach at Hopkins in 1926. Van Orman built nationally prominent teams from 1926 to 1934, coaching victorious Olympic teams in 1928 and 1932, and winning the US Intercollegiate Lacrosse League Championships in 1926, 1927 and 1928. During his tenure at Hopkins, Van Orman coached 26 players who received First Team All-Americans. In 1953, he was awarded the Johns Hopkins honorary chair for outstanding achievement in the field of lacrosse.
After coaching the Mt. Washington Lacrosse Club in 1935, Van Orman returned to Cornell to be an assistant football coach. He became the head football coach at Cornell in 1940. In 1945, he was named assistant lacrosse coach at Cornell. In 1982, he was inducted posthumously to the Cornell University Athletic Hall of Fame. Van Orman passed away on May 24, 1954.