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Christy Halbert

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 social scientist to publish on the social experiences of women professional boxers in her article "Tough Enough and Woman Enough." Halbert wrote her book, The Ultimate Boxer: Understanding the Sport and Skills of Boxing, 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 junior, youth and elite boxers in international development programs and competitions.

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.

In 2012 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.

In 2014 Halbert was inducted into the inaugural class of the International Women's Boxing Hall of Fame (IWBHF), for her work as a coach and advocate for women Olympic boxers.

Short Biography

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 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.

Interviews/quotes/appearances on subjects related to coaching, advocacy, and research:

The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, USA Today, New York Times, The Guardian, Associated Press, BBC, NPR, ESPN, NBC Universal, The Ring, Sports Illustrated

Contact Information

230 Appleton Place
Nashville, TN 37203



Ph.D., Univ. of Kentucky 1999

M.A., Univ. of Kentucky 1997

B.A., Western Ky Univ. 1992
Mass Communications

Curriculum Vitae

Available upon request

Short Boxing Resume

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In the Media

Halbert quoted in Erdman's pro boxing article

Halbert's Open Letter to Claressa Shields & Franchon Crews

Think Progress

Q&A on the hit movie, Mary Kom

Halbert inducted into IWBHF inaugural class

Halbert featured in AIBA magazine

Halbert named Assist Coach for U.S. Olympic Team

Ask the Coach,

The City Paper article, "Persistence, with a Punch"

Interview with Oxnard PAL, women's Olympic boxing

Channel 5 interview

Olympic Torch award

short press release
extended press release

IF Worlds event

Creates Int'l tourney

IF Worlds initiative

2008 int'l news