Rich Thul

Rich Thul

Rich Thul has always loved playing and competing in sports; as a young boy especially in Hockey and Baseball competing at competitive levels throughout Saskatchewan. Then, of course, children come along and there is that span in life where your time is committed to getting them involved in sports of course, Rich in true Rich spirit wanted to coach his boys, and Rich found he had a passion for coaching and truly loved the challenge of supporting and teaching kids in life and sportsmanship of whatever sport his boys were playing. Life goes on and Rich saw a newsreel on Pickleball the “Fastest Growing Sport” while recovering from a badly broken leg in 2012 being very goal-orientated, he set a goal for recovery to play Pickleball. 2014 Rich started playing and quickly started tournament play very competitively and loving his new favourite pastime. Fast-forward now 2022 Rich is a 4.5 tournament player, playing all over Canada and USA continuing to take lessons himself but sharing his learnings through coaching others of all skill levels.  

Rich’s qualifications include; 

  • NCCP Hockey Level 2
  • NCCP Lacrosse Level 2
  • NCCP Baseball Level 2
  • International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association- IPTPA Level 2
  • IPF Level 2 (International Pickleball Foundation)

Rich desires to build a quality Player Development Program with Red Deer Pickleball Club that will support RDPC Members learning the game of pickleball and see their skills improve and give them the level of play they can enjoy. Always promoting the best sides of pickleball with his happy positive and encouraging personality helping people recognize the reasons it is the “Fastest Growing Sport” for all ages.

Rich can be reached for private lessons at or 403 852 2149 (calls only please no texts.