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By Darian Nourian
For San Clemente residents Eric and Jennifer Wilford, the first people they thought to reach out to when they decided to open up their new 8,000 sq. foot Redline Athletics facility in Lake Forest was the Yoder family.
The Wilfords, who have lived in San Clemente for the past 20 years, attempted to hit home by bringing in former San Clemente volleyball stand-outs Cory and Erin Yoder to help out with the daily operations of the facility.
Cory, who graduated from San Clemente High in 2006 and UCI in 2011, is slated to be the director of the daily operations of the gym, which will feature a full-sized volleyball court, two batting cages, workout area, and physical therapy office, as well as serve as a private volleyball trainer.
His sister Erin, who recently graduated from USC after graduating from San Clemente High in 2009, will be the director of volleyball operations.
Both were volleyball studs in college, as Cory was an All-American at UCI, while Erin was captain of the Trojans.
“We are looking to have a huge presence in the local volleyball community,” Wilford said. “My wife and I immediately thought of the great presence the Yoder family has played in our community, in the sport and believed that they could play a huge role in what we are trying to do at our new facility.”
The Wilfords expect the Yoders to be a big draw, especially for San Clemente athletes.
“Whether it is training for volleyball or any other sport, I look forward to watching the kids improving each and every day and watching that process,” Cory Yoder said.
Rich Mercado, a former member of the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball organization and current San Clemente resident, will serve as the facilities hitting instructor.
Redline Athletics grand opening is set for June 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.