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Jerry Hilecher | Northridge, Calffornia
(Professional Athlete, Inducted 2005)
Jerry Hilecher was one of the "original" players being involved in raccquetball from the very first IRA Championships held in St. Louis, MO in 1973.  A finalist in over 40 professional events and winner of three National championships Jerry also brought a high level of desire and intensity to every match he played.  Never one to sit back, Jerry in 1979 also organized the Professional Player's Association in an effort to allow players an active voice in establishing clear guidelines for professional racquetball.  An instructor and coach Jerry presented over 100 camps, clinics, and exhibitions during his career and was head coach of the US Junior Team in 1992 and 1993.  Recently elected to the St. Louis Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, Jerry occasionally continues to participate on the legends tour and other selected amateur tournaments.
   
Dan Obremski
Dan Obremski | Irwin, Pennsylvania
(Amateur Athlete, Inducted 2005)
Many credit Dan Obremski with changing the modern pro tour by bringing advanced sport specific fitness training to the game.  His dedecation to fitness brought him pure strength, flexibility, and unbelievabe quickness that left his opponents and fans awe struck.  He reached a peak ranking on tour of #3 in the world and won multiple pro events however he is best known as the greatest right side doubles player in history.  He won an unbelievable five Men's Open national doubles titles with two different partners - a record that still stands today.  
In addition to playing, Obremski was very generous with his time when it came to teaching and training players throughout the country.  For many years he was a lead instructor at the annual Olympic High Performance Training Camp in Colorado Springs, CO and is credited with helping to develop advance techniques for training high level players in the areas of fitness, strategy, and mental toughness.
   
Steve Strandemo
Steve Strandemo | San Diego, California
(Contributor, Inducted 2005)
Steve Strandemo is widely recognized as the father of racquetball instruction.  The author of three instructional books and five instructional videos, Steve organized the first formal certification camp for instructors.  Steve was known among his peers as "an intense student of the game" and dedicated much of his career to the study and analysis of racquetball.  Many credit Steve with being the original inventor of videotape analysis.  Steve spent hours analyzing materials and developing new theories of instruction and strategy.  As a professional player Steve maintained a top ten ranking from 1973-1986.