The Rich Family Excels in Soccer, School, and Speaking Spanish
The Rich family has been living a rich life in San Marcos for 12 years now. Even though the parents, Tracy and Lolita, grew up in neighboring communities (Tracy is from Mira Mesa, and Lolita, though born in Mexico City, was later raised in Scripps Ranch), they didn’t meet each other until the summer of 1990 when mutual friends introduced them in Belmont Park. Lolita laughed, “I had no idea that the Tracy I was going to meet was even a guy! Imagine my surprise when he turned out to be ‘the guy.’”
Now instead of spending their leisure time at Belmont Park the Riches spend their leisure time at soccer parks because their two daughters, Nicole and Mariana, play competitively for the San Marcos Revolution soccer club. Tracy has coached the girls’ soccer teams since each started playing at age three, and he still coaches them as well as acting as the competitive director for the soccer club. Tracy admitted, “Our hobbies and interests revolve around our kids, and we are a soccer family!”
“Our family has always cared about our community and we volunteer as much as possible.”
When away from the soccer fields, the Rich girls excel in other endeavors. Nicole, an eighth grader at Woodland Park Middle School, is the ASB treasurer, and she plays volleyball for her school. Mariana, a fifth grader at Knob Hill Elementary, is also in student council as a Safe School Ambassador, a Star Tutor and a Peace Patrol member, and is active in the Kind Club, Choir, and jazz and hip-hop dancing. The girls as well as Tracy are also all bilingual, as Lolita raised her family by speaking in her native Spanish tongue.
Parents: Tracy Robert Rich and Lolita Rich
Children: Nicole Lolita Rich Guillot (8th grade at Woodland Park Middle School),
Mariana Elena Rich Guillot (5th grade at Knob Hill Elementary School)
Community: Belleza since 2003
Hometowns: Tracy – San Diego; Lolita – Mexico City
Occupations: Tracy – Structural Engineer; Lolita – Instructional Aide
Pets: Mia – Beagle
Favorite Places to Visit in 92078: We enjoy hiking on the numerous trails in San Marcos. We enjoy the local restaurants including Phil’s BBQ, Sublime, Taco Bar, and Love Boat Sushi.
When Lolita isn’t volunteering as a treasurer and an executive board member at Knob Hill Elementary, she is an instructional aide at Discovery Elementary School. Tracy is a licensed engineer and project manager, specializing in the seismic design of new buildings and the retrofitting of existing buildings. His work on the San Bernardino County Historic Courthouse was voted the Best Renovation/Restoration Project of 2011 by Engineering News-Record magazine.
Tracy and Lolita will continue to volunteer in order to benefit their daughters’ experiences. Lolita stated, “Our family has always cared about our community and we volunteer as much as possible.” Tracy added, “We love helping and volunteering in San Marcos, because it is a great place to raise our girls.”