Photo: Debra Marshall Photography
Henry A.C. Lorenzen
Born: April 21, 1935 (Regina)
Died: September 28, 2013 (Regina)
Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame (2008)
Regina Sports Hall of Fame (2011)
Hank Lorenzen first played volleyball as a teenager at the Regina YMCA in 1950, the beginning of more than a half-century dedicated to the sport. He played a key role on a University of Manitoba Bisons championship team, later serving as a coach, an official and an administrator for the sport.
In 1967, he became the first volleyball official in Saskatchewan to achieve national certification. In that same year, he worked as an official scorekeeper at the Pan American Games in Winnipeg.
As a player, he was a member of the first team from the province to participate in an international competition at the Minneapolis Y volleyball tournament in 1956. He contested a Canadian championship with the Regina Y Chiefs in 1965.
As a coach, he handled men’s and women’s volleyball teams at the University of Regina. He conducted countless clinics throughout the province during his career.
He chaired a committee studying the establishment of a provincial sports federation and was eventually elected the first president of Sask Sports after its founding in 1971.
“Recognizing builders is important because you don’t always hear about them,” he told the weekly Regina Sun newspaper in 2008. “When I started playing, everybody did everything — you’d play, then ref, then help organize the tournament, and now all these sports wouldn’t run without all the people involved.”
An architect, Lorenzen described himself as a “proud socialist” and a World Federalist.