Inductees Tim Simpson was a 2 sport athlete at East Peoria with a combined career wrestling record of 157-4, including 3rd and 4th place IHSA state finishes. His first love was football, where he was a 4-year starter, 2-time All-conference and an All-Stater.
Choosing Illinois, the 6'2", 282 lb. offensive guard lettered 4 years, starting an Illini-record 48 games, including four post-season bowl games. Simpson was named to the 1st team American Football Coaches All-America squad in 1991 and was co-winner of the Illini Male Athlete of the Year award in 1992.
Selected by Cleveland in the 12th round (329th pick overall), Tim appeared in 4 NFL games with the 1994 Steelers. He later played with the Peoria Pirates, who won 2 league titles with Simpson on the roster.
Tim Simpson was a 2 sport athlete at East Peoria with a combined career wrestling record of 157-4, including 3rd and 4th place IHSA state finishes. His first love was football, where he was a 4-year starter, 2-time All-conference and an All-Stater.
Ulrich has coached in the Junior Football League and youth baseball for 32 years, while also serving as president of numerous youth leagues and director of the Peoria Diocesan basketball tournament. He began volunteering as coach for the Richwoods Browns JFL team in 1971 and served in a coaching or administrative capacity for the Richwoods JFL program from 1971-89. In addition, he served as a coach and president of the Richwoods League League, as well as Pony League, from 1975-85. During that same period, he coached the Bergan All-Star Pony League from 1981-84. In his role as St. Thomas Grade School athletic director for 32 years, Ulrich directed the 11 boys (six) and girls (five) basketball teams for 27 years, scheduling tournaments, ordering uniforms and hiring officials among his many duties. He also served as director of the Peoria Diocesan Tournament for 14 years. Ulrich coached basketball at Peoria Heights Grade School from 2006-11 and he volunteered as manager of a fastpitch team in the Peoria Park District Softball League for 23 years, while also playing on the team for several seasons. He currently is completing his two-year stint as the St. Philomena School 5th Grade boys basketball team and is preparing for his second year of coaching in the Irish youth baseball program.