Richard is from Fresno, CA and is a graduate of California State University, Fresno with a degree in business. He spent three years in the U.S. Army including tours in Korea and Vietnam. He currently resides in Rocklin, CA.
Richard is the co-founder of Circle of Love Senior Fitness which incorporates fun and exercise for people in nursing facilities in Sacramento and Placer County. He has been in the health & wellness business with XanGo, LLC since 2008. In addition he enjoys year round activities, including anything related to flying, scuba, cycling, backpacking/hiking, kayaking, and other winter sports including snow camping.
Richard was introduced to racquetball in 1973 and since then he has competed throughout central and northern California. He became Auburn Racquet & Fitness Club's racquetball director in May 1986. "The position has given me the opportunity to introduce racquetball as a fun and fitness lifestyle to hundreds of kids as well adults over the decades. I thoroughly enjoy the team mentality that our racquetball staff as well as the club provides to benefit our membership!"
Derek has been a member of ARFC since 2003 and on the racquetball staff since 2005. He loves all types of sports but especially racquet and paddle sports. Derek played tennis and table tennis player throughout high school and college, before turning to racquetball in 1986. He was hooked! Over the years, he"s competed and won at some pretty high level tournaments, including Ca state singles and doubles championships as well as open level doubles and many age level events.
"The relationships developed over the years here at ARFC have been extremely rewarding. It?s truly like a loving family and if some do not show, they are missed. We have an amazing club, with so many options to help attain our fitness goals, and my goal has been to teach and raise the level of play while having a blast playing this incredibly fun sport."
"I hope to see you all of you at the racquetball courts so you can give this sport I love a chance If not, well? there's always the fitness area!"
Rich de Glymes
Rich was born in France in 1948 then moved to Casablanca, in Morocco, before finally settling in California at the age of nine. He started playing racquetball in 1972 at the Oakland Athletic Club after joining the Oakland Fire Dept. I later became an instructor there I then moved to The Racquetball Club in Walnut Creek and taught racquetball there. In 1990 Rich was ranked third in his age group for all of California.
Rich also competes in triathlons and in 2004 was the #2 tri-athlete in United States and #3 in the world for his age group. In addition, Rich has been teaching skiing at Boreal for the past 12 yrs along with all four of his sons.
"I look forward to being involved with the great racquetball program that Richard Martin has put together here with the help of Derek and Justin."
Ron Freeman, from Upland, California, began playing racquetball at the age of 25. Since then, he has become an open level player who has competed in many tournaments, and won multiple titles over the past 30 years .
Ron graduated from Alta Loma High School in 1975. While still a teenager, he relocated to Grass Valley, California in order to pursue a profession as a General Contractor with his Father, Jimmy Freeman. He is married to Mirasol Freeman, who is a Nurse. They have one son, who just started playing racquetball at the Auburn Racquet & Fitness Club.
Justin began playing racquetball in the mid 1990s and came to the ARFC soon after that. In 2006 he placed 4th in the Collegiate Nationals at ASU in doubles competing against 84 colleges across the nation.
Justin is an AmPRO certified instructor but you are just as likely to see him stringing racquets at ARFC.
And now for some little known facts:
- Showed horses regularly until the age of 15 (still rides occasionally).
- Played golf since the age of 8; had a 9 handicap during his 4 years of varsity golf at Del Oro.
- Won the SFL league tournament at Wild Horse Golf Course as a junior with a score of even par.
- Began racing karts at the age of 12 and became a factory driver at 14.
- Taught kart and car racing (closed wheel) instruction at 15 years old.
- Raced mountain bikes for 8 years and had a best finish in the semi pro class of 3rd overall for the season.
- Builds and drives Jeeps and buggies through the Rubicon Trail and Fordyce Creek trail for fun.
- Works for REI full time teaching kayaking, paddle boarding and paddle board yoga, cycling and bike maintenance, snowshoeing, wilderness survival and navigation. He is also a certified Master Technician.
Go ahead... ask him something!