Ulsaker started his first professional career in 1968 as an automotive technician working in independent shops and dealerships while he attended Washington-Lee high school in Arlington, Virginia. During that time, he also began a life long passion for rowing after joining the W-L crew team. Ulsaker then enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving as a photographer in Japan and throughout the far east from 1972 to 1976. Returning to the U. S., he resumed his automotive servicing career while pursuing an Automotive Associates degree and a B. S. in Trade and Industrial Education.
Ulsaker has been associated with Mathews High School as an Automotive Technology teacher and continual rowing coach for a combined 40 years. Ulsaker founded the Mathews High School Crew program (1985), the 501c3 Mobjack Rowing Association (1992) and started the Gloucester High School crew (1999) . He is a Level 3 US Rowing certified coach and has guided his teams to numerous regional, state, national and international championship wins.
In 1994, Ulsaker was one of the founding members of the Mathews Land Conservancy and served as the vice president for 25 years. The MLC was formed to give Mathews rowing programs a permanent home while saving and preserving Williams Wharf for public benefit and low impact waterfront access.
In 2006, Tim retired from teaching at Mathews high school but has continued as head rowing coach. He started Viking Automotive, an automotive service and repair business in Gloucester, Virginia, with his son, Oliver. Tim has lived for 38 years in Ware Neck, Virginia with his wife, Mimi.
Tim is a graduate of Washington-Lee High School, 1971, Rappahannock Community College, 1978, and Virginia Tech, 1980.