USA Boxing’s High Performance department has started 2018 by making changes to its staff. The organization is excited to welcome Augie Sanchez as USA Boxing’s National Junior and Youth Coach, while also promoting Kay Koroma from Resident Coach to National Assistant Coach.
In his new position, Coach Sanchez is responsible for overseeing the development and performance of USA Boxing’s Junior and Youth National teams, as well as preparing junior and youth boxers to make a successful transition from the grassroots level to the elite ranks.
“We are very excited to have Coach Augie in the position of National Junior & Youth Coach,” stated USA Boxing High Performance Director Matt Johnson. “He has great experience working within our system over the past few years and I am confident that this experience will be a key factor in USA Boxing’s pipeline development and success for years to come.”
“First, I would like to thank God for this opportunity, as well as thank my family, without their support I wouldn’t be where I am. The sacrifice my wife (Dawn) is going through taking care of our four kids when I am gone for weeks at a time,” said Coach Sanchez.
“I really am looking forward to working with the junior and youth teams. I have been waiting for this opportunity, and I am really happy with the USA Boxing staff. Boxing has been my passion since I crawled into the boxing ring, and now I get to give back to the sport since I retired in 2001 from professional boxing. To help these kids reach their goals and dreams, it’s a blessing.”
Koroma, who has served as USA Boxing’s Resident Coach since 2016 and was a member of USA’s coaching staff at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, has been promoted to the role of National Assistant Coach. In this position, he will continue working alongside USA Boxing Head Coach Billy Walsh in the development and implementation of individual athlete training and competition plans for all national team athletes. In addition, he will continue to manage USA Boxing’s recently expanded resident athlete program at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center.
“Coach Kay has been a key component to USA Boxing’s success since coming on board full time in 2016,” commented Johnson. “He has a unique skill set that makes a great impact on our boxers both inside and outside of the ring. We are fortunate to have him on our staff and look forward to his continued progression in the position of National Assistant Coach.”
“I’m excited to continue my journey with USA Boxing and share my passion for coaching and working with young people with Team USA’s athletes,” stated Coach Koroma.
“We’ve had a lot of success since I joined USA Boxing’s coaching staff two years ago, including three Olympic medals and our best Men’s World Championships since 1999, but this is just the beginning. We will keep building champions at every level and show the world the talent we have here in the United States.”
USA Boxing’s High Performance staff consist of eight members including Johnson, Koroma, Sanchez and Walsh, as well as National Team Medical Manager Jarad Branski, National Team Manager Jessica Luscinksi, National Teams Program and Events Coordinator Liz Podominick and National Strength and Conditioning Coach Jose Polanco.