Jerry Thacker

Another softball player with a long pedigree, Jerry Thacker helped lead First American Title to the 65+ men's slowpitch softball national title in 2005.

Thacker was born in Portsmouth, Ohio and graduated from Port Townsend High School in 1956. Later, he was a football and baseball standout at the University of Puget Sound, graduating from there in 1961. He is now retired from a career as a teacher and coach, including the 1976 season when he led Orting High to the Class A state title.

A slick-fielding shortstop, Thacker played baseball in both high school and college and stayed with the game four more years as a member of the Woodworth Construction summer team.

Thacker joined the softball ranks with Heidelberg, playing for the local, regional and national powerhouse from 1965-72. A perennial all-tournament and MVP selection, Thacker has continued to play through the years and joined the master's ranks with Ruth Realty in 1992. That led to last season's national title with First American Title.