Jim brings a wealth of experience the Cardinal baseball program, in this, his second tour of duty at U of L. Zerilla served as the head coach of the Cards from 1972-1979, ranking third all-time in career wins. Zerilla handles the Cardinal pitching staff and oversees the camps and clinics run by the team.
During his tenure as the head coach for the Cards, he became just the second skipper to lead a team to a 20-win season, twirling four straight from 1975-1978. In 1975 he was named Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year. During his stay, 13 of his players signed pro contracts. Jim LaFountain, Randy Delph, Mark Jurena, Monty Holland, Chris Bouchee and Joe Roberts are some of the Cardinal greats "Z" recruited and coached. Zerilla tutored three of the top ten all-time in wins, five of the top six in career ERA, and the top four in complete games in U of L history while head coach.
Zerilla served as a scout and manager in the San Diego Padres organization as well as coordinator of the instructional league from 1980-83. While managing the Padres farm teams, Ozzie Guillen, Kevin McReynolds and Tony Gwynn were among his players. He continued his scouting duties with the Chicago Cubs from 1984-86. He served as an instructor, coordinator and director for the Doyle Baseball School from 1980-1993, International Director of baseball for the East West Ambassadors in `93-'94 as well as Vice President of the Youngstown Class B Baseball League and Owner and Operator of Zerilla Baseball Enterprises from 1994-1999.
"Jim gives us not only great experience and teaching ability, but respect for and pride in the Cardinal baseball tradition," said Prado.
Zerilla and his wife Janet have a son, Torry.
Parsons College '66
Bachelor of Arts in Education
Minor Degree in English
New York Mets Organization 1966-68
University of Louisville `00-pres.
San Diego Padres Organization `80-'83
University of Louisville `72-'79
Shennandoah Valley League `67-'72
Riverheads High School `71-'72
Staunton Military Academy `68-'71
Parsons College Asst. Baseball Coach `66-'67