Lorne Adams was surrounded by family, friends and colleagues on Wednesday night as more than 120 people filled Brock’s Bob Davis Gym to honour Adams’ contributions to Brock Athletics over the past decade.
Besides being left speechless at the presentation of a rowing shell which has been named the Dr. Lorne Adams, the guest of honour also got some roasting at the hands of his close friends OUA Executive Director Ward Dilse, professor Maureen Connolly and Brock’s head athletic therapist Joe Kenny.
Dilse and Brock interim director of Athletics Chris Critelli also presented Adams with a signed OUA Championship banner and a Brock Badgers game day chair.
Adams stepped down this past summer after 10 years as Brock’s director of Athletics, during which time he oversaw 50 championships in various sports, including 31 provincial and 19 national titles.
Adams’ passion for sport and commitment to education has inspired students to exceed their goals in the game and in the classroom, and helped redefine the term “student-athlete”.
Besides his many athletic achievements, Adams won the prestigious national 3M Canada Teaching Fellowship Award in 2004.
Adams has served as a faculty member, administrator, coach and director of Athletics in his 35 years at Brock. Some of his more memorable moments in athletics came when Brock won the men’s soccer national title in 2002, the men’s national basketball crown in 2007- 08, and a remarkable eight straight Canadian Interuniversity Sport men’s wrestling national championships.