Inducted May 19, 2001
Jerry was a prolific writer for the Racing Blade for 16 years, a contributor of photo layouts and video recordings on skating technique and training methods, and has worked as an assistant Coach and chaperone at training camps and seminars since 1984. Jerry has been the Board of Control member for Southern California and a member of various ASU Committees. He was a prime contributor to the ASU Handbook with material on the eligibility of skaters and the Code of Conduct for athletes. He has been active as an officer and coach of Ice Club DeMorra in the past. Jerry is a retired firefighter of Long Beach, CA. He was inducted to the National Speedskating Hall of Fame on May 19, 2001 in Albany, New York.
Jerry is credited with helping Olympian Rusty Smith in his early years, as well as Ryan Shimabukuro, who went on to become the National Team Long Track Coach in 2018.
Jerry created the original website for the National Speedskating Hall of Fame Museum. He created videos of many many National and World speedskating competitions and provided them to skaters at a very modest fee that did not even start to cover his expenses. He posted photos of skaters in his Jerry Search’s Photo Albums, just so skaters could see themselves. Jerry firmly believed that skaters can make improvements on their own if they could see pictures of themselves skating.
Jerry hosted weekend skating camps with great coaches, such as Dianne Holum, Pat Maxwell, and Guy Daignault, for skaters who might not otherwise have contact with these coaches. He shared the information from these coaches, and from Dr. Carl Foster, or University of Wisconsin, in order to help other skaters understand the principles of training.
Jerry had a collection of at least 35 pairs of skates he carried to speed sessions in his vehicle, so that skaters could try speed skating.