R. William Ohlsen
Hometown: Providence, RI
Team: Lacrosse

R. William Ohlsen '78
Providence, RI
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Bill Ohlsen, a local young man who arrived on the Brown Lacrosse scene from Providence Country Day, became one of the finest face-off men in Brown’s colorful lacrosse history. When Bill arrived on the Hill freshmen were not eligible, but when sophomore year arrived he was ready. Nicknamed “O”, that’s about the number of times the opponents won a face-off from Bill. Cliff Stevenson who was Bill’s coach considers Bill one of the best players that he has seen at that position and the current coach Dom Starsia is quick to agree. As a member of the first midfield Bill handled about 90% of all face-offs and could always be counted on to be on the extra man offense. The 1976 team was ranked 8th nationally and played in the quarter finals; Bill being the fourth leading scorer that year. Against Springfield he scored 8 points, a high for the team his junior year. Bill Ohlsen gained many honors while at Brown; being named an All-American in 1977 and 1978, All New England sophomore, junior and senior years, All-Ivy sophomore, junior and senior years. He capped off these honors by being selected to play in the North-South All Star Classic. Bill and his wife, Wendy, are currently living in Tampa. Prior to leaving RI, however, he found time to play and co-captain the Brine Lacrosse Club, from 1981 to 1985. Currently Bill is enjoying the Gulf Coast of Florida and is busily engaged in the Commercial/Industrial Real Estate market as a broker.