Director of Boxing Resource Center, U.S. Olympic Coach
Christy Halbert, Ph.D. is the Director of Boxing Resource Center. Dr. Halbert
has used her background as an academic in sociology and a collegiate athlete, to
take a multi-disciplinary approach to coaching and studying the sport of boxing.
Halbert became the first researcher to publish on the social experiences of
women professional boxers in her article "Tough Enough and Woman Enough." Her
book, The Ultimate Boxer, was written in an effort to make Olympic-style boxing
skills and tactics accessible to all audiences. Dr. Halbert continues to
research the sport, and regularly gives multi-media lectures on the "Debut of
Women's Olympic Boxing," a socio-historical analysis from her perspective as
researcher and participant.
Her coaching work has been devoted mainly to three areas: coaching boxers at
Boxing Resource Center, coaching and developing women's Olympic boxing in the
United States, and coaching girls and women in international development
In 2011, Dr. Halbert received the United States Olympic Committee's Olympic
Torch award, for her pioneering work in the development and advancement of
women's Olympic boxing in the United States. Coach Halbert is recognized
internationally as an expert on women's boxing, and became the first U.S. coach,
and only woman coach, to serve as instructor for the International Federation's
Road to Dream program, which gives training and World Championship opportunities
to boxers in under-represented countries.
Last summer Coach Halbert served as an Olympic Coach for Team USA at what was
the inaugural Olympic Games for women boxers (and the first Olympic Games in
which women athletes participated in every sport). The three women boxers for
Team USA brought home a gold and bronze medal. Just 11 years earlier, Halbert
served as Head Coach for the first-ever World Championships for women boxers.
In 2013 Halbert was awarded the Guiding Women in Sport Award by the National
Association for Girls and Women in Sport, given in recognition of extraordinary
service and leadership in female sports, demonstrating a pioneering spirit and
commitment to improve sport for girls and women.
Christy Halbert coaches women and men, boys and girls, in the art and science of
Olympic-style (amateur) boxing. She conducts courses in coaching Olympic-style
boxing, in her role as a Level IV Coach with USA Boxing, and is an international
instructor/coach with boxing's International Federation, in her role as a 3-Star
Coach/Instructor. She holds administrative appointments as Chair of USA Boxing's
Women's Task Force, Chair of the Americas' Boxing Confederation Women's
Commission, and Secretary of the International Federation's Women's Commission.
Halbert has published and presented on coaching techniques as well as her
ongoing research and observations in the sport. Link and copyrighted
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