Former Wake Forest All-America first baseman Jon Palmieri served three seasons on the Georgia Tech baseball staff as a volunteer coach working primarily with the Yellow Jackets’ hitters and outfielders.
Palmieri joined the Tech program after a three-year career in professional baseball in the Anaheim Angels organization. He spent the summers of 2001 and 2002 as an assistant coach with the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in the Cape Cod League.
He left Tech to join the Wake Forest staff as an assistant coach in July, 2004.
Palmieri’s first year at Tech was extremely successful as the Yellow Jackets won a school-record 52 games and advanced to the College World Series. The Yellow Jackets hit .330 as a team, including six regulars who batted .340 or higher, and averaged more than eight runs per game. Georgia Tech was the top hitting team in the 2002 College World Series with a .392 team batting average.
A two-time All-America selection, Palmieri was a standout first baseman at Wake Forest from 1998-99. As a senior, he earned first-team All-America and all-Atlantic Coast Conference honors after batting .412 with 18 home runs, 94 RBI and a school-record 112 hits before being selected in the 14th round by the Angels in the major league baseball draft. In 1998 he was tabbed a third-team All-America and again made the first-team all-ACC squad after batting .438 with a school-record 30 doubles.
One of the top hitters in ACC history, Palmieri finished his career with the second highest batting average in ACC history (.395) at that time while becoming just the fifth player in ACC history to collect at least 300 hits, 200 runs and 200 RBI in his career.
With 112 hits in both 1998 and 1999, he became the just the second ACC player to record back-to-back seasons of 100 hits or more. Palmieri finished his career with an ACC record 82 doubles, while also ranking among the conference’s all-time top-five in hits (338) and RBI (241). Palmieri still holds Wake Forest career records for doubles, hits, RBI and runs scored (230).
Palmieri was elected to the Atlantic Coast Conference’s 50th Anniversary team, a list of the 50 greatest players in the history of the league.
Palmieri earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Wake Forest University in 1999.