Highly Decorated Cuban Trainer Pedro Roque Pegged as International Teaching Coach by USA Boxing

Sept. 11, 2012, 1:02 p.m. (ET)

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – USA Boxing has obtained the services of one of the most decorated Olympic-style boxing trainers in the world to assist the top amateur boxers in the United States. Cuban trainer Pedro Roque Otano has been named the International Teaching Coach for USA Boxing and will work with top coaches from across the United States to aid in preparing U.S. athletes for high-level international competitions.

“I thank USA Boxing for giving me the possibility of working with its boxers. I am very satisfied and happy for this opportunity,” said Roque Otano. “I promise to put all my national and international experience to the service of the development of boxing in the United States and to work continuously to achieve medals in all the World Championships, Pan American Games and Olympic Games in men’s and women’s boxing.”

With over 40 years of experience on the amateur boxing scene, Roque Otano has led athletes from multiple nations to medal-winning performances at every major international event. He boasts 35 Olympic medals, including 11 gold as well as 43 medals at the World Championships over his career. In addition to his competition success, Roque Otano holds a doctorate degree as well as several masters degrees in applied sports sciences. Highly respected at the international level, Roque Otano has taught Olympic solidarity classes in more than 20 nations across the globe, helping to raise the performance of the athletes in key international competitions. 

“USA Boxing is fortunate to have secured the best coach in the world to help lead Team USA back to a position of prominence,” said Anthony Bartkowski, USA Boxing Executive Director. “His resume includes a large laundry list of successes, including but not limited to, AIBA Coach of the Decade.  Yet it does not begin to express or convey his passion, drive, and dedication to help our athletes and coaches win.  He is completely dedicated to Team USA.  The focus of our program must be on high performance at all elite age groups, and this starts with the expertise of Pedro and integrating the personal coaches and athletes. It is imperative for USA Boxing to rebuild systematically with the talents Pedro brings to our program.”

In his role as International Teaching Coach, Roque Otano will develop the training schedule for the elite athletes as well as executing the elements of the high performance plan focused on the development of boxers and coaches. He will assist in increasing the communication with elite athletes and the integration of their personal coaches into the international training program.

Roque Otano will work closely with top coaches across the nation and create a uniform coach certification program, as well as leading clinics in various areas across the United States. In addition, he will personally develop additional coach clinicians to assist in giving clinics throughout the country. Finally, Roque Otano will develop the top personal coaches in the United States and assist them in becoming AIBA certified to ensure they are able to work the corners of their athletes at major international events.

He will begin the clinics in September with two seminars in Texas as the lone star state produced two members of the 2012 Olympic Team, bronze medalist Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) and quarterfinalist Errol Spence (Desoto, Texas). The coach clinics are being planned for Sept. 22-23 in Texas.