A Roseville High School Alum, Jerry McNeil was all about Roseville. He was the definition of what it meant to be a Tiger.
For 32 years Jerry volunteered as a mentor and coach to the young men of the Roseville football team. He was a fixture at Friday night football at Roseville High School with his wife, Jan, and two kids, Jana and Jeff.
Jerry took it upon himself to build many of the boys into men. He gave the players that need him nicknames like Cool Ranch and Eye Chart to build bonds and player confidence. Jerry took it upon himself to become one of their biggest fans.
While Jerry coached greats like Robbie Bosco and Tedy Bruschi, his greatest joy came from seeing his children play at and graduate from Roseville High School. Jana participated in four years of Track and Field as well as Cheerleading. Jeff played football, basketball and baseball.
To honor Jerry’s contributions and keep his legacy of helping student-athletes an ongoing effort, a scholarship was established. To date, the scholarship has awarded over $18,000 to student-athletes perusing higher-level education.
In addition to the scholarship, a new entrance to Hanson Field was built: The Plaza of Tradition. This new entrance honors the Roseville Tiger spirit: Past, present and future.