USA Boxing Names Patrick Borkowski High Performance Director

Oct. 23, 2008, 3:19 p.m. (ET)
 (COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) - USA Boxing has named Patrick Borkowski as its High Performance Director, a recently created position for the organization. In his new role, Borkowski will design and manage a new High Performance approach and culture for the organization, with the goal of returning the United States to a position of performance leadership at the Olympic Games. He will begin serving in his new position on Tuesday, November 4.

"I'm very excited to join USA Boxing's staff. My experience with the sport over the past six years has inspired me to concentrate my energy and efforts on amateur boxing," Borkowski said.  "I want to thank Jim Millman and the USOC for the opportunity to develop and implement an elite high performance model for the sport of boxing, and I'm looking forward to a successful future with the organization."

Prior to joining USA Boxing, Borkowski spent six years with the United States Olympic Committee in their Performance Services Department. During his time with the USOC, Borkowski worked as both the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator and more recently a Sport Physiologist for the Acrobat and Combat Sportfolio. He has worked with numerous USA Boxing international squads, including the 2007 Pan American Games and 2008 Olympic Teams, and traveled to several major events with the athletes to assist with their preparation on site.

"When any sports team adds new coaching and training talent that can help it improve, it's a very positive step," said USA Boxing CEO, Jim Millman. "In our case, we've got a super opportunity to install a fresh approach to elite athlete development, and I'm greatly looking forward to working with Patrick to do it."

The hiring of a High Performance Director marks a new direction for USA Boxing and is the first piece of a three-member coaching staff the organization plans to put into place in preparation for the upcoming quadrennial period.

"We are extremely pleased that USA Boxing is moving in a new and modern direction with their coaching philosophy," USOC Performance Services Team Leader Alan Ashley said. "Patrick has been a tremendous asset to the United States Olympic Committee and we believe he will bring outstanding energy and knowledge to his new position as the USA Boxing High Performance Director." 

In his six years with the United States Olympic Committee, Borkowski designed and implemented sport specific strength and conditioning programs for numerous Olympic, Pan American and Paralympic teams as well as creating a library of educational resources for coaches and athletes. In addition, he worked with National Governing Body coaching staffs to create comprehensive annual and quadrennial performance plans.

Patrick obtained a degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science from James Madison University prior to earning his Masters in Exercise Science and Biomechanics from the University of Mississippi.  

USA Boxing will also be selecting a National Coach, and will announce the hiring process for the position in the coming weeks.