There are few athletes who have the opportunity and skill to play two sports professionally. Tim Lorenz did. He grew up in Ladner playing a variety of sports. It was evident from an early age Tim was an exceptional athlete, especially in Hockey and Football.
In grade 9, Tim started on the South Delta Senior Football team. Tim played defensive end, tight end and punted. After games and practices, Tim would lace up his skates and play hockey for the Junior B Vancouver Bluehawks. From 1982-1984, Tim played Junior A Hockey for the Portland Winterhawks. His team won the Memorial Cup in 1983 and Tim was drafted in the fourth round by the Vancouver Canucks.
Education was important to Tim and he believed there might be an opportunity to combine education and athletics. The University of Hawaii offered Tim a football scholarship even though he had not played football since grade 10. The university believed athletes could transition back into sports. He played outside linebacker for two years at the University of Hawaii followed by one year at the University of California Santa Barbara playing defensive end.
In 1988, Tim was drafted in the second round by the Hamilton Tiger Cats. He played as a defensive lineman with the Tiger Cats from 1988 through 1991 and with the BC Lions in 1992 and 1993. His best season was 1989 where he had 18 tackles and 6 sacks and the Tiger Cats went to the Grey Cup.
Tim believes everything he has achieved has come because of the support of his parents, his brother Steve and his coaches. Tim says his two greatest athletic highlights were winning the Memorial Cup, the first American team to achieve this feat and playing in a Grey Cup final with a great group of players and coaches. He believes his greatest accomplishments are not awards and success, but the friendships he has made along the way.
Tim is currently the Superintendent of Odyssey Charter Schools in Las Vegas. He has lived for many years in the United States but says, “The older I get the more Canadian I feel. Roots are so important to me” It is evident the foundation laid growing up in Ladner allowed Tim to become the exceptional athlete he was and the outstanding educational leader he is today. Congratulations Tim Lorenz on your induction into the Delta Sports Hall of Fame.