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Jerry Stitt HOF
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: December 10, 2013
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Jerry Stitt

Jerry Stitt HOF
     Jerry Stitt was one of the finest baseball players in the University of Arizona's long and distinguished history in the sport. A first-team All-America centerfield in 1968 under Coach Frank Sancet, Jerry led the team in hitting with a .366 average. He also earned All Western Athletic Conference and all District 7 honors in 1967 and 1968. As a senior, Jerry led the Cats in batting and steals. Following his senior season, Jerry was drafted in the 32nd round by the Cleveland Indians. He played in the Tribes' minor league system for three years before returning to Tucson to teach and coach. One of the premier hitting coaches in baseball, Jerry joined the Arizona Baseball coaching staff in 1978. The offensive numbers Arizona put up during his tenure as a hitting coach were staggering. His first team in 1979 set three Six-Pac records for that season and Arizona posted the highest cumulative batting average among Pac-10 South schools in the 1900's. Jerry mentored 59 position players that went on to be drafted by major league teams and helped Arizona win NCAA Division I titles in 1980 & 1986. In addition to his bachelor's degree in Education at UA , Jerry earned a master's in Education in 1973 and a doctoral degree in Education Administration in 1993. His doctoral dissertation presented the case for aligning athletic department goals and objectives with the educational and social mission of our universities. 
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