JD Pulfer

I grew up playing pony baseball at Fountain Valley Pony.  Mile Square Park has since changed but nostalgia still sits in when I go past there.  It was my second home.  From there, I got serious with baseball and began playing travel ball at the age of nine for Jeff Sellers and the O.C. Juice.  As I got older, I played for the HB Riptide right up until high school.  I played three years at Marina High School and my final year at Cypress High School.  In between those years, I played Mickey Mantle with the Irvine Diamondbacks, eventually winning a championship with the O.C. Stallions.  From there, I moved on to play for the ABD Bulldogs under Mike Spiers. I finished my high school career playing for ABD, other travel tournaments with Trombly Baseball under Steve Trombly, Yankees Scout Team, and Connie Mack League with the Long Beach Cardinals under Cal State Fullerton Head Coach Rick Vanderhook’s brothers. 

I was a baseball rat.  I played for anyone I could just to play games.  In the fall of my sophomore year I received interest from DI colleges.  I committed really early to UCI on a verbal scholarship in the fall of my junior year to Coach Dave Serrano.  However, due to coaching change, I ended up committing and signing to the University of Oregon to play for Coach George Horton as the Ducks started a brand new program in 2009, my freshman year.  I played two summers in the Northwoods League for the Rochester Honkers winning a championship in 2009.  After my junior year, receiving 1st Team All-Pac10 honors, setting a few school records, I knew it was time to move on.  I was drafted in 2011 by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 19th round.  I played 2 years in their minor league organization, bounding positions, and winning a championship in the Pioneer League 2012.  When I was released, I played in the American Association League for four years splitting time with two teams; Gary South Shore Railcats and the Laredo Lemurs under manager Pete Incaviglia, Oklahoma State legend and 12 year major leaguer.  I won a championship in 2013 with the Railcats and 2015 with the Lemurs before finally retiring after the 2016 season.  My final at bat was a home run and I can rest peacefully on that.

Upon retirement I have gotten in to coaching girls’ softball.  I am the assistant coach at Marina High School under Mandee Farish.  It has been a remarkable transition teaching softball players to play this game like baseball players.  There are some differences to the game, but those differences are what make it exciting.  To learn something every day is a beautiful thing.  The day you stop learning, is the day you should hang ‘em up.  This game has also welcomed me to the vast market of girls’ travel softball. I am fortunate enough to work with a few Firecrackers teams.  I am the strength and conditioning coach for the Lutterloh-King 14U Firecrackers and I work part time for other teams as well.

My passion for speed and agility began after a knee injury at the end of 2015.  I tore my PCL in the first game of the championship in 2015 and the rehab process was slow.  I avoided the knife, but intense Physical Therapy made me appreciate the art form of running.  While at the University of Oregon, I had the privilege of working under James Radcliffe, Head Strength Coach and Father of Plyometrics.  The technical form of running is everything I had to relearn in my rehab process.  I had to train myself, as well as a few others, to get back to health.  I came back faster and stronger.  That is when the light bulb came on: If I had taken running form this seriously earlier in my career, where could I have gone?  That is my goal for young athletes. I want to help them grow and get stronger sooner, so they can achieve their maximum potential.