Paragon Awards                           Presented By

Lynn Kachmarik (USA)

2021 Paragon Award / Water Polo


Lynn’s storied career and leadership features experience at all sport levels including youth sports, NCAA DI, DII and DIII and international competition.


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. She was a 10-year member/captain of the United States National Water Polo team as a player, coach, and a member of the USA Water Polo’s Executive Committee.


She held various coaching positions at Bucknell University, including serving two decades 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/General Manager of the South Bend Silver Hawks baseball team. In her position as General Manager, she became the first female to serve in that role for any minor league baseball team.


Lynn also worked at the University of Notre Dame and served as the National Outreach Director for Play Like a Champion Today. She has been inducted into six Athletic Halls of Fame including the United States Water Polo Hall of Fame, Collegiate Water Polo Hall of Fame, Bucknell University Hall of Fame, and the Slippery Rock University Hall of Fame.


Lynn is currently recognized as a renowned global speaker and educator on leadership, cultural change embraced by empathy, character development and vulnerability. She currently serves as president of Equilibria in Sports and Education as well as Vice President of Equilibria in Healthcare. Equilibria is an entrepreneurial company committed to elevate personal, professional, and organizational performance through understanding, embracing and leveraging diversity of thought and behavior.


Lynn’s passion and commitment to mentoring all partners on a journey of excellence as they strive to reach their potential fuels her endless mission of developing intentional leaders and high-performance teams.

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