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Sunday 4 December 2016

"It's a huge honour for me" - Billy Walsh officially unveiled in America

Former Ireland head coach Billy Walsh
Former Ireland head coach Billy Walsh

THE USA today confirmed Billy Walsh as their head coach of the women's team.

“The United States currently has one of the strongest women’s boxing program in the world, but USA Boxing’s female athletes will now have another tool at their disposal heading in to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. USA Boxing has named highly decorated international coach Billy Walsh to serve as the organization’s Women’s National Team Coach,” USA Boxing said in a statement.

Walsh resigned as head coach with the Irish Amateur Boxing Association last Monday.

He said: “It is a huge honor for me as a coach to receive the opportunity to work with such an iconic boxing nation as the United States. It was with great pride that I was part of building the successful Irish program over the past several years and I hope to do the same with USA Boxing.

“I am greatly looking forward to the opportunities ahead in bringing my expertise and experience to the United States Women’s Team as they prepare for success in Rio and beyond.”

USA Boxing Executive Director Mike Martino hailed Walsh’s record as an elite coach.

“Coach Walsh brings extensive experience and knowledge with a proven record of success on the international boxing stage. He provides great leadership and stability for our female athletes, particularly the resident boxers at the Olympic Training Center. His commitment to Olympic-style boxing is evident in the impact he’s had on the Irish boxing program,” said Martino.

“We look forward to integrating Coach Walsh and his international knowledge with the personal coaches across the United States who are responsible for developing and guiding our elite athletes. We appreciate the USOC’s support of our program and goals for the future.”

The USA Boxing statement added: “Walsh joins USA Boxing following 12 years with the Irish Amateur Boxing Program as the federation’s Head Coach and Director of the High Performance Unit. During his tenure, Walsh led Irish boxers to more than 50 medals in the European and World Championships in addition to seven medals in the last two Olympic Games.

With Walsh at the helm, Ireland placed fourth in the overall medal standings standings at the Elite Men’s World Championships earlier this month, winning three medals, including a gold medal in the bantamweight division.

In his role as Women’s National Team Head Coach, Walsh will work with the High Performance team to develop and execute USA Boxing’s international calendar as well as overseeing the resident program at the United States Olympic Training Center. He will also work on identifying elite coaches that will assist in guiding athletes in international competitions and preparatory training camps.

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