A non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to training youth
and young adults in the science and art of amateur boxing.

Boxing Resource Center
2323 Merry Street
Nashville, TN 37208

Boxing Resource Center was founded in 1999, and earned non-profit status in 2002. In the summer of 2005 we transformed a factory basement into a state-of-the-art boxing facility, and in May of 2007 we transformed another basement space in East Nashville. Now we are located in NorthWest Nashville where we transformed an abandoned building into our current studio. Many volunteers work at BRC to keep the facility and programs operational. Listed below are some of the volunteers that you'll see at Nashville Boxing Resource Center on a weekly basis.

Christy Halbert, Head Coach & Executive Director, Boxing Resource Center
Coach Halbert has been instructing youth and adults in the science of Olympic-style boxing for more than 20 years, developing boxers on the local, regional, national and international levels. Coach Halbert holds the highest level of coaching certification offered by USA Boxing, and has led Team USA in numerous international events, including the first-ever Women's World Championships. Dr. Coach also holds the highest international coach certification offered in the International Federation (AIBA), and serves as an instructor in international clinics and camps. Coach Halbert's book, The Ultimate Boxer: Understanding the Sport and Skills of Boxing, continues to be the top-selling advanced instruction manual on the sport. Halbert entered the sport as a professional fighter, back when women were forbidden to box as amateurs in the U.S. Dr. Coach trains competition boxers, coordinates gym instruction and oversees coaches' certification at BRC.

Ryan Balbalosa, Boxing Coach & Personal Boxing Trainer
Photo of Ryan” width= Mr. Balbalosa is originally from the Philippines. He moved to east Tennessee in 1991, and after graduating high school Ryan attended Lipscomb University where he studied athletic training and sports science. Ryan also served in the U.S. Navy.

Ryan is a USA Boxing-certified coach, and works with boxers of all ages. He is the main coach of BRC youth programs. Ryan is passionate about boxing, as well as about helping young men and women achieve their own personal goals. His interests are in all aspects of physical fitness and competition, an interest he developed with his background in many sports, including baseball, basketball, soccer, and track and field. Ryan truly loves his community and the sport of boxing.

Ryan is also available as a personal boxing coach, and can be reached by phone 738-7892 or by email at brye19 @ yahoo com

Randall Venson, Boxing Coach & Personal Boxing Trainer
photo of Randall Mr. Venson has been involved in the sport of boxing as a boxer, coach, official, and manager for over thirty years, working with both professional and amateur boxers.

Randall is a Nashville native, and a graduate of Tennessee State University. Coach Randall enjoys working in diverse fields, with experience as a playwright, director and producer; he has hosted a radio talk show, and has worked with the campaign of former Nashville mayor, Bill Purcell. Additionally, Randall brings twelve years of experience as a social worker assisting young people, as well as adults, to enrich their lives.

Randall can be reached at the club for anyone interested in hiring him as a personal boxing coach for individuals or small groups.

Brian Ogletree, Boxing Coach & Personal Boxing Trainer
Photo of Tree Mr. Ogletree is from Oklahoma, and ran track for the University of Central Oklahoma, where he was a gold medalist in the 100m, 200m, 400m, and relays. Tree has lived and worked in middle Tennessee for 12 years, including working 10 years as a fitness trainer.

As a USA Boxing-certified coach, Tree works with all BRC competitive boxers, and is the main coach of the BRC collegiate program.

Tree also works with fitness boxers, and is available as a personal boxing coach, and can be reached at the club for more information.

Tramaine Crook, Boxing Coach & Certified Personal TrainerPhoto of Tramaine
Mr. Crook teaches competitive boxers, supervises sparring, and is available as a personal fitness trainer.

As a personal trainer, Tramaine has more than five years of experience helping adults and children of all ages and sizes achieve their maximized health, lifestyle, and fitness goals.

His biggest strength is the ability to connect with clients and to motivate their continued progress. By devoting his time, clients return respect by giving their all. This natural charisma and diverse set of acquired knowledge through his own past involvement in fitness causes Tramaine to be in high demand. Mothers, entertainers, athletes, and teens alike all agree that Tramaine offers more than just a workout.

If you're ready to take your health matters into your own hands, book a session with Tramaine. If you're someone who understands that every ounce of effort given by you will be reciprocated PLUS more, book a session with Tramaine.

Tramaine's motto: T.I.K.I. "TIME IS KEY INGREDIENT"

Tramaines's Expertise includes:
Functional training, Fitness program development, Golden glove boxing training, Weight loss management, Body sculpting, Building muscle mass

Timmy Miller, Boxing Coach/West NashvillePhoto of Timmy
Mr. Miller lives in West Nashville, and coaches competitive boxers in regular workouts, and contributes to the development of competitive boxers, as well as supervises sparring sessions. Mr. Miller was an accomplished amateur boxer in Nashville back when boxing was still big in the city.

Eduard Dybenko, Boxing Coach/Kickboxing Instructor â"Photo
Mr. Dybenko is originally from Ukraine and Tajikistan, where he was an accomplished boxer. Coach Dybenko has training in boxing, Russian Sambo, self defense and judo. Coach Dybenko volunteers with youth and competitive boxers, and is also available for private lessons for individuals and small groups. He can be reached at the gym regarding rates and availability.

Coach Halbert in the corner with gold medalist Devonne Canady

Yvonne Simerman works with a student during Hit the Books

After-school, youth at the gym

Team after a show in Lexington

Some members pose one afternoon at the gym

BRC folks after a corporate event

Boxing Angel artwork