Builders’ Category ~ Class of 2017
Jerry Ballard and his wife, Katy, have been married for 36 years. They have four children – Ryan (30), Bradley (28), Kyle (22) and Kristine (20). Ryan is married to Jillian and they have the next generation Ballard hockey player, Dylan James (1). All of Jerry and Katy’s sons played through midget level and Jerry “thanks the Lord” that their daughter decided to play volleyball.
Hockey was always Jerry’s favorite sport growing up, and thus he says it is “not surprising this [hockey] has been an entire family function.”
Jerry’s first coaching experience began in the early 1990’s with his two oldest sons. He head-coached his first Mite team with the St. Jude Knights Hockey Club. He later became a member of their Board of Directors and coached through the Pee Wee level.
The Ballards moved to the Vikings Youth Hockey Club in the late 90’s were he was head coach from Bantam through Midget. He also spent one term as a Board of Director.
Their oldest son decided in the early 2000’s that he wanted to try high school hockey so he joined the Wolves High School Hockey Club were Jerry later became club President for one term.
In 2004 Jerry began coaching for the Cobras High School Hockey Club as a head coach and assistant coach at the Junior Varsity and Varsity levels. Additionally, he was Hockey Director until he retired from coaching in 2015.
Jerry joined the AHAI Suspension Review Committee in 2004 and is still currently serving on that committee.
The IHHF Induction Dinner will be held on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at the Belvedere Banquet Hall located at 1170 West Devon Avenue in Elk Grove Village beginning at 5:00 pm. Tickets are available by contacting Norm Spiegel at 847/269-2922 or e-mail Norm at email@example.com.