Name: Jesse Tollefson
Position: Program Director
Background: Tollefson was the baseball team’s MVP at Springfield High School in southern Minnesota in 2000, then was part of a national Division III championship team at the University of St. Thomas in 2001. Used almost exclusively as a pitcher, he finished his Tommies career with a 9-0 record. Tollefson, beginning his seventh season at the academy, got his start there coaching an 11-year-old team. Last year Tollefson signed on with the Toronto Blue Jays as an associate scout. He says he’s, “still living the dream” by playing for a Wisconsin state championship amateur team based out of Prescott.
What he does: Scout, instructor, coach, videographer and, of course, webmaster – yeah, you could say Tollefson has his fingerprints on most everything associated with the Minnesota Baseball Academy. That includes webmaster duties on three distinctive sites – minnesotabaseballacademy.com, scout-stop.com and blizzardelitebaseball.com – that are all part of the Minnesota Baseball Academy network. On the Blizzard Elite site, he keeps track of the abundance of former players that move on to college programs (50 in 2014) in the Alumni section. The overview page for the program includes sections that detail the Blizzard’s vision, values, season in detail, practice schedule, travel and cost. The page also includes a lengthy Frequently Asked Questions section that delves into topics such as, “How do you manage pitch counts?”
Making his mark: On the Scout Stop site, Tollefson has built out information-packed profile pages on several players. Part of the package includes highlight video shot, edited and posted by Tollefson.
Tag(s): Webmaster of the Week