Specializes in Baseball- Pitching & Hitting
As a young boy playing baseball in the neighborhood streets of Fair Oaks, California, Jerry Nielsen never dreamed that he would one day play major league baseball for the New York Yankees.
At the age of eight, Jerry signed up for his local Little League where he progressed naturally to the Senior League and Big League. At Jesuit High School in Carmichael, Jerry played baseball all four years, his last two on the Varsity Team as a southpaw pitcher.
Seizing every opportunity to play and improve his game, Jerry joined a summer baseball league— Carmichael Elks American Legion (ages seventeen and eighteen), where his team placed 2nd in the League’s World Series, in 1985.
After high school, Jerry attended Sacramento City College under the esteemed coach, Jerry Weinstein. During his two years at SCC, Jerry (Nielsen) was drafted four times—three by the Mets and once by the Tigers. While grateful for the offers, Jerry knew there would be other opportunities and opted to complete his education at SCC.
While attending Florida State University on a baseball scholarship, Jerry was drafted two more times—by the A’s, and the Yankees with whom he signed a minor league contract and spent the next four years before getting called up by the Yankees to the big leagues, in 1992.
As the ’92 season ended, Jerry was traded to the California Angels major league team, and shortly after sent down to the Angel’s minor league system. In 1994, Jerry played for the White Sox with legendary basketball player, Michael Jordan, a fun fact shared by an elite few.
Come the spring of 1995, Jerry was a free agent sporting an injury on his rotator cup that resulted in surgery, and ultimately brought his professional baseball career to its conclusion after seven years. After two years of rehabilitation on his shoulder, Jerry accepted a position as pitching coach for Sierra Junior College in Rocklin, where he worked for two years before branching out as an entrepreneur.
As part of the Alumni Association for Major League Baseball, Jerry enjoys coaching with other alums, as well as hall of famers from all over the world. It was at one of these camps where Jerry first met Matt Walbeck more than 20 years ago. He is looking forward to working with him again, as well as Glen Gross, as coach of the 15U College Prep Team for Walbeck Baseball Academy.Jerry stands by the conviction that, “Every inning is its own single game, with every batter taking it one pitch at a time like it’s his last game, and above all—having fun!”
Jerry and with his wife Jessica enjoy their two kids—Sophia, 12 and Jack, 10. They live in Folsom, California where Jerry assists in the coaching of his daughter’s soccer team.