Jerry Slattery graduated from Waseca High School in 1957 and from Mankato State College in 1961. In 1968 Jerry received his Masters Degree in Mathematics from Mankato State.
In high school Jerry participated in football, wrestling and track.
In football, Jerry was a fullback and led the South Central Conference in scoring his senior season. The team went undefeated and won the conference championship that year and were also conference champions in his junior year. As a senior Jerry received honorable mention All-State honors.
In wrestling Jerry was a co-captain his senior year and went undefeated the entire season until the semi-finals of the state tournament. After losing to the eventual state champion, Jerry came back to earn third place.
In track, the Bluejays won the conference championship in Jerry’s senior year.
Jerry continued his academic and athletic career at Mankato State where he participated in football for one year and wrestling for four years.
Jerry was a three-time conference champion at Mankato, wrestling at 177 pounds. In his sophomore season Jerry won All-American honors at 177 pounds and in his junior season he placed sixth at 167 pounds in the NCAA Division I Tournament. Jerry was captain of the team in his senior season.
As a sophomore, Mankato State won the NAIA National Championship. Jerry and the other members of that team were inducted into the Mankato State Athletic Hall of Fame.
Jerry continued to wrestle after leaving college and in 1964, after winning the zone trial at 171.5 pounds, he competed in the final Olympic Trials in freestyle competition, winning his first five matches before losing on “black marks” which were a penalty if you won by a decision rather than a pin. On his way to the trials finals, Jerry defeated four previous USA Pan-American champions. At the trial, Jerry defeated a wrestler who won the bronze medal in the 1960 Olympics.
After college, Jerry coached wrestling and taught mathematics at Willmar High School and Willmar Community College before leaving to teach and coach for 32 years at Richfield High School. Jerry also officiated high school wrestling for 32 years.
Jerry retired from wrestling at age 28 and became a nationally ranked water skier in the trick-skiing events. Jerry was a six-time Minnesota State Trick Champion and in 1977 placed 2nd in the USA Nationals in Berkley, California. Jerry was forced to retire from trick skiing in 1983 as a result of injured nerves in his neck and back.
Jerry retired from teaching and coaching in 1999 and now lives in Prior Lake with his two sons, Brent, a senior, and Jacob, a sophomore.