This week, we get to know boxing coach Greg L. Greg has over 35 years of experience in the sport as a boxer, trainer and official. Greg has helped boxers of all levels improve, and he is passionate about working with anyone to bring their boxing skills and overall fitness to the next level!
Provide a brief summary of your participation playing and/or coaching your sport:
I have been involved with amateur boxing since I was 18 when I started participating in matches. Over the years, I’ve been a part of the sport as both an official and trainer. With my passion for the sport, I founded the Boston Sport Boxing Club (BSBC) and was immediately pleased with the response to my methods of coaching. The BSBC was featured on the front pages of the Boston Globe and The Wall Street Journal.
Why did you decide to become a private coach?
Having a degree in education, I discovered that teaching, especially beginners and one-on-one training, was a forte of mine. Over time, it became a specialty.
What is your coaching style or philosophy?
What you put into your training, you get out of it!
Who is your favorite coach and why?
Mike Rosario, a top USA Boxing coach and official from New York City. He epitomizes control and passion while being in complete control of his boxer. And what a gentleman!
What is your favorite moment in your athletic career?
I have many…but being invited to be an official at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York, not once but several times, was a great moment. The men and women who make up USA Boxing are quite unique and passionate about the sport!
Do you have any success stories from coaching an athlete?
Besides aiding several professional athletes with conditioning, I’ve coached several area boxers who’ve gone on to regional and national tournaments.
Did you participate in your sport in high school and college?
I started boxing during my freshman in college at Rio Grande (Ohio) College. I was able to compete, and I became the Heavyweight Bronze medalist at the Golden Gloves in 1977. As an official, I was able to represent New England at the national trials of the Olympics in Louisiana two years ago.
What other sports or activities do you enjoy playing or practicing?
I’m a huge fan of outdoor activities…including hiking and all-terrain biking. I’ve recently started doing yoga.
What’s your mantra or favorite saying?
Do unto others as others would do unto you.
What team do you root for most enthusiastically?
Any Cleveland teams!!
Do you have any special talents or a surprising thing someone might not know about you?
Surprisingly, I have experience in rock and roll music history! I worked in Los Angeles as a writer for Rick Dees, Kasey Kasem and other music-related shows. I can probably tell you the number 1 song the day you were born!