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Derrick Raeder


Derrick first started his career with the Capital District YMCA in 2002 at the Glenville Branch as the Program Director. As Program Director he oversaw youth, teen, and family programming as well as the summer day camp. In 2006 Derrick then transitioned to the Wellness Director at the Guilderland YMCA Branch. While at Guilderland he oversaw the Wellness department including the fitness center, group exercise programming, wellness programming as well as the branches 5k and the Pine Bush Triathlon. After two years at Guilderland, Derrick left the YMCA to oversee a local Corporate Fitness Center. From 2008-2020 he oversaw daily operations including, staff development, business planning, site development, site budgeting, membership, group exercise, special events, 5-10k running events, summer recreational leagues, and much more.

Certifications and Degrees

Derrick graduated from SUNY Cortland with a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies. Derrick holds many fitness certifications including, American Council on Exercise Personal Training, Sports Conditioning, Orthopedic Exercise Specialist, Spinning, Triathlon Coaching, and he is a Certified Speed & Agility Coach. Over the years Derrick has coached people from everything like doing their first 5k up to competing in Ironman events. Derrick says the best part of my job is “helping people reach their goal no matter what it may be”.


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