Jerry Zulli begins his seventh season on the Memphis Tigers' coaching staff. Zulli is responsible for the instruction of the Tiger hitters and outfielders. He has also taken on a significant role in the recruiting process, as well as player placement on teams in collegiate-level wooden bat leagues to hone and improve their skills in the summer.
Zulli, brings a dimension of energy and enthusiasm in his philosophy of teaching the offensive game, and has an excellent ability to evaluate talent.
Since his arrival to Memphis, Zulli's offenses have posted some of the best numbers in the program's baseball history, including banging out a record 137 doubles in 2007. In 2006, the Tiger offense posted top-five totals in games played, hits, RBI, runs, doubles and total bases. As one of the most feared offenses in Conference USA, 2007 was more of the same as Zulli's bunch hit racked up top-five marks in RBI and total bases, finishing with 399 and 1011, respectively. The 2010 club continued the tradition of offensive excellence, ranking in the top half of the league with a .321 batting average and 676 hits.
Under Zulli, numerous Tiger hitters have etched their names in the Memphis baseball record books. In 2007, Michael Murray and Adam Amar became just the second Tiger duo to collect over 85 hits in a single season. Meanwhile, Bill Moss and Joey Lieberman each homered 14 times, representing the first time in Tiger baseball history two players have hit as many home runs in the same season. With Zulli's guidance, K.K. Chalmers took hold of several of the program's offensive records, including the triples, runs scored and walks marks. Both Chalmers and former Tiger Amar placed their names in the Tigers' career top-10 hits list under Zulli's instruction. Huelsing, Martinez and Zurcher are the latest to flourish under the guidance of Zulli. All three earned All-C-USA recognition in 2010, while Martinez collected a league-best 98 hits. Zurcher ranked in the top-10 in C-USA in average, hits and stolen bases. Huelsing blasted a career-high 12 homers and finished second on Memphis's single-season ledger with 67 RBI.
Zulli has also made his mark on the program off the field as the team's academic supervisor. As a team, Memphis put together its best academic semester ever by posting a 3.12 GPA in the fall of 2007.
On the field, Coach "Z" also serves as the third base coach during the season. While "Z" coaches third base, his product on the field constantly attests his coaching ability. Not known as an offensive power when he took over as hitting coach, Zulli quickly transformed the Memphis lineup into one of the top hitting teams in C-USA. A year after hitting just .262 as a team, Memphis had a breakout season at the plate, tying Rice for the league lead and ranking 30th nationally with a .315 batting average in 2006. The Tigers' high-octane offense wrapped up the season ranked in the country's top-30 (28th at 7.6 runs per game) in scoring after putting up 10 or more runs 17 times. The 2007 crew crossed 10 or more runs 15 times and ranked among the nation's best in scoring at seven runs per game.
Zulli's philosophy has resulted in a 2007 Nashville Regional All-Tournament selection for Amar and six All C-USA selections over the past three seasons. In 2007, Lieberman garnered First-Team DH honors, while Amar, Moss and Murray hauled in Second-Team recognition. Amar and K.K Chalmers were All -C-USA picks in 2006. Zulli has also produced back-to-back hitting titles for Memphis players. Murray led the league with a .375 average in 2007, while Amar, a 2007 preseason All-American, led C-USA in hitting with a .395 average to earn first team All-C-USA honors in 2006. He hit .459 in league play--third highest ever in C-USA history.
A native of New Orleans, La., Zulli was an assistant coach under Craig Young at Middle Georgia College from 2002-04. While at Middle Georgia, he was the team's hitting instructor and outfield coach. He was also responsible for coordinating the Warriors recruiting efforts. In his final two years at MGC, 12 Warriors were drafted by Major League teams.
Under Zulli's assistantship, the Warriors went 130-51--a 72 percent winning percentage. In 2004, the Warriors placed sixth in the JUCO World Series, and ended the year with a 45-17 record. The 2002 Warriors also advanced to the JUCO World Series and ranked sixth in the final National JUCO Poll.
He also spent the summer of 2004 as an assistant coach of the Hyannis Mets of the Cape Cod Summer League. Under his assistance, the Mets advanced to the semifinals of the Cape playoffs.
Zulli first arrived at MGC in 1997 as a player. In 1999 Zulli helped lead the Warriors to the Region XVII Championship and finish a game away from an East-Central District Championship. During that year, he was a recipient of the Terry Daniels Award. He earned his associate degree in business management from Middle Georgia in 1999. He then transferred to the University of New Orleans where he played under the direction of Coach Randy Bush.
Zulli received his bachelor's degree, from New Orleans, in sports management in 2002. He is married to the former Kristen Bell of Lawrenceville, Ga.