Please meet our coaches below. We look forward to working with you!
My Name is Ret. MSG. Leo Rivera. I started boxing in the early 60s when I was a young kid but my main interest was always to be a coach. I would watch my coaches working and always thought one day I would also like to be a coach. Later in life I went to the military. I boxed briefly for the Army in the last 60s and I met a lot of very good coaches during that time and learned a lot from them. While stationed in Korea I helped coach a number of soldier/boxers. Finally, I got to Fort Carson, Colorado which has a rich tradition of military boxing. Here was the home of the Olympic Gold Medalist, Andrew Maynard. I quickly got involved with the program and after a couple of y ears became the head coach of the Fort Carson Boxing Team. We had good success and ended up being the Colorado Gold Gloves Champions. After retiring from the Army I ran in Mr. Luis "Joe" Ybarra who I met during my time as Fort Carson Boxing Coach. He has an awesome program and I am very happy to be a part of his organization.. The Ybarra Boxing Gym.
34 years in law enforcement 1967-2001
18,000 hours volunteering to Olympic Program 1996-Current
43 years of service to amateur boxing which included: National
Silver Gloves President, National President and Vice President of the National
Junior Olympics Program, Secretary for the International Youth Commission, Coach
& Team Leader for US Boxing
International events to 20 countries which included: 5 World
Championships, 7 Pan American events, 1996 Atlanta and 2004 Athens Olympic
Games, Ali Cup
2 BS degrees from Bradley University
MA in Social Justice from Sangamon State University