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This profile was last updated on 10/3/09  and contains information from public web pages.

Student

Local Address: Reno, Nevada, United States
University of Nevada
 
Background

Employment History

  • Student
    University of Nevada at Reno
  • Columnist
  • Harold's Club

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member
    Green Bay Packers
Web References
Welcome to The Pacific International Trapshooting Association Hall of Fame
pitahof.com, 3 Oct 2009 [cached]
Dan Orlich
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Dan Orlich (1995)
Dan Orlich, a native of Minnesota, went to Nevada as a student at the University of Nevada, Reno and returned there to live after a three year stint with the Green Bay Packers as an end.
In 1952, after returning to Reno, he went to work for Harold's Club and took up the sport of trapshooting.
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Dan was chosen Nevada Athlete of the Year in 1957 and his award was presented by the Lt. Governor. Dan was also inducted into the Nevada State Athletic Hall of Fame.
Orlich vs. Snellenberger, 1961 C/C shootoff | Road To Yesterday - Trapshooting Hall of Fame - Vandalia, OH
www.traphof.org, 1 Oct 2001 [cached]
The heavy favorite to win the shootoff was Dan Orlich of Reno, Nev., a former member of the Green Bay Packers. Big Dan was in his prime back then, and few ever beat him in important shootoffs like this one.
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The crowds that assembled behind the two shootoff traps that summer afternoon were well familiar with the likes of Orlich, Bush, Lilly, rotund Eyler and the slight left-hander Webb, who had won the Grand American Preliminary Handicap in 1949 with 100 night.
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Orlich, Webb, Eyler, Bush and Snellenberger all broke 25.
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Now it was down to Orlich, Webb and Snellenberger.
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The next morning in Indiana, George received a phone call from Dan Orlich and Ohmer Webb.
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Orlich and Webb were waiting. After the Grand American shootoffs, the three walked to the line tocontinue what had been discontinued three days before. Webb dropped three targets in the first extra round and settled for the third-place trophy. It was not to be the last time Ohmer Webb shot off on the trap in front of the grandstand. In 1980, at 72 years old, he won the Clay Target Championship with 200 and another 200 in shootoffs. He remains the oldest ever to win the most prestigious of Grand American championships. But Friday, Aug. 25, 1961 was not to be his day in the sun. Snellenberger and Orlich continued that afternoon until each had broken 300 straight.
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Dan and George told him, "Herschel, we just aren't going to do this anymore.
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When Dan and George called a halt, the bewildered ATA officials had no recourse but to declare them co­champions.
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As I watched his daughter that night last August, I wondered how many present saw George and Dan go at it on this very field 40 years ago.
Orlich, Dan - Inductees
www.traphof.org, 1 Feb 2011 [cached]
Dan Orlich
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From 1956 to 1971 Dan Orlich, former Green Bay Packer, captured 37 major trophies at the Grand American, including 13 major championships. He led the Introductory Singles in 1966, the Class Championships in 1959, the Clay Target in 1956 and 1970, the Champion of Champions from 1961 to 1963 and in 1971, the Zone Champion of Champions in 1962, 1965 and 1968, the All-Around in 1956, and the High-Over-All in 1966.
Along the way he racked up the record of 21 200 straights at the Grand American. He tied the record of 19 in 1972's Dayton Homecoming, and he set a new mark two days later with a perfect score in the Class Singles. The following year a 200 in the Dayton Homecoming placed him two over his nearest competitor.
Dan Orlich is also the current record holder on singles averages, with his .9982 in 1968 remaining an all-time high. He also holds the record for the highest singles average entered on 100,000-.98826- with the 100,000th being fired at in 1974.
Just in 1978 was his record of straights from the 27-yard line surpassed. Dan Orlich was the second in history to accomplish the feat, on July 30, 1964, just 11 days after the initial one. From then until May 11, 1968 he totaled six of them. That was two years before any other had two.
In doubles, Dan Orlich was the first in history to break 100 three, four and five times. That was in 1958, 1961 and 1964. He has six of them to his credit. (His record of five was matched in 1966 but not surpassed until 1970.)
Orlich still is co-holder of a shootoff record at the Grand, with his 1961 Champion of Champions title being a co-championship after he and George Snellenberger broke 100 straight and then ran another 500 extras. He also co-holds an all-around record. In 1958, he broke 399x400 of the championship targets at the Sahara Fall shoot to set an all-around record, which was tied by Dan Bonillas in 1975 and 1979 but which has not been surpassed.
Dan Orlich held the handicap long-run record from 1967 to 1973, with 193.
Among his accomplishments, Orlich also counts the most consecutive Champion of Champions titles.
Nevada State championships number 25-10 in singles, three in handicap, five in doubles and seven in the all-around. He has earned 10 Western Zone ATA championships-three singles, two handicap, one doubles and four all-around.
In Golden West Grand competition, Orlich won the singles championship twice, the doubles three times and the all-around six times, and he holds a record for the most high-over-alls there-eight.
Orlich was a member of the first squad to break 500x500.
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Dan Orlich placed on men's All-America teams every year from 1954 to 1973, being on the second team that initial year and then on the first team for 19 years, with five of those years as captain or co-captain. Trap and Field All-Around Average awards were earned by Orlich in 1959, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966 and 1967, with his leading the field those first two years. He later became a columnist for the magazine, and a book of those columns was published in 1977.
Dan Orlich led ATA singles averages in 1957, 1958, 1959 and 1960 in addition to his record-setting year of 1968, and he headed doubles averages in 1959 and 1961.
Dan Orlich was chosen as Nevada Athlete of the Year in 1957 and presented with his award by the lieutenant governor of the state. A native of Minnesota, Orlich went to Nevada as a student at the University of Nevada at Reno and then returned there to live after his three-year stint as an end with the Green Bay Packers.
He served as delegate to the ATA from Nevada for 15 years and was on the handicapping committee for shoots throughout the Southwest for that same period of time.
Grand Americans
www.traphof.org, 1 Oct 2001 [cached]
The heavy favorite to win the shootoff was Dan Orlich of Reno, Nev., a former member of the Green Bay Packers. Big Dan was in his prime back then, and few ever beat him in important shootoffs like this one.
...
The crowds that assembled behind the two shootoff traps that summer afternoon were well familiar with the likes of Orlich, Bush, Lilly, rotund Eyler and the slight left-hander Webb, who had won the Grand American Preliminary Handicap in 1949 with 100 night.
...
Orlich, Webb, Eyler, Bush and Snellenberger all broke 25.
...
Now it was down to Orlich, Webb and Snellenberger.
...
The next morning in Indiana, George received a phone call from Dan Orlich and Ohmer Webb.
...
Orlich and Webb were waiting.
...
Snellenberger and Orlich continued that afternoon until each had broken 300 straight.
...
Dan and George told him, "Herschel, we just aren't going to do this anymore.
...
When Dan and George called a halt, the bewildered ATA officials had no recourse but to declare them co­champions.
...
As I watched his daughter that night last August, I wondered how many present saw George and Dan go at it on this very field 40 years ago.
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