ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - Wednesday night at the Bob Davis Gymnasium, the Brock University community, family and friends honoured Dr. Lorne Adams for his outstanding contributions to Brock University Athletics over the past decade.
During the celebration, Adams' was roasted by three close friends in OUA Executive Director Ward Dilse, professor Maureen Connolly and Head Athletic Therapist Joe Kenny.
Following the presentations, Dilse and Brock interim Director of Athletics Chris Critelli presented Adams with an OUA Championship signed banner and a Brock Badgers gameday chair.
To end this special event, the Department of Athletics surprised Adams with a parade of athletes followed by a rowing shell which head rowing coach Peter Somerwil presented as the Dr. Lorne Adams. When asked to say a few words before christening the shell, Adams was lost for words and was overwhelmed with joy.
In his time as the Director of Athletics, Adams oversaw 50 championships in various sports, including 31 provincial and 19 national titles.
Adams' passion for sport, coupled with his commitment to education, has encouraged students to exceed their goals in the game and in the classroom, and helped redefine the term 'student-athlete'. In addition to his many athletic achievements, he was the recipient of a prestigious 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 CIS men's wrestling national championships.