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Boxing Club Head Coach


Employment History

  • Head Coach
    Napper's Boxing Club
  • Coach

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
  • Founder
    Napper's Boxing Club
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Napper's Boxing Club head coach Ray Napper Jr., flanked by fighters Sierra Picton, left, and Tyler Pouli, is Welland's coach of the year for 2011 while Picton is the city's top female athlete and Pouli was a finalist for top male athlete honours.
Napper's Boxing Club head coach Ray Napper Jr., flanked by fighters Sierra Picton, left, and Tyler Pouli, is Welland's coach of the year for 2011 while Picton is the city's top female athlete and Pouli was a finalist for top male athlete honours.
Contrary to popular belief, Ray Napper Jr. did not treat the doctor who delivered him to a combination of jabs and uppercuts after being welcomed into the world with a slap on the bottom.
In Welland the name Napper is synonomous with boxing but he never felt any pressure growing up to major in the Sweet Science. The approach taken by Ray Sr., his grandfather and the founder of Napper's Boxing Club, and Jeff, his father, was decidedly gloves off when it came to which sports Ray Jr. wanted to play - if he wanted to play any it all.
"They never pressured me at all. They didn't have it, I wanted to do it," said Napper, now 27 and the successor to both his grandfather and father as head coach of the club that bears the family name.
Like boxing, which he took up when he 12 and compiled an 18-4 record before retiring from the ring seven years later, gravitating toward coaching is another thing that came naturally to Napper. He regards working from the sidelines as "just the next step" in his boxing career.
"I knew that I would get further in coaching that in competing. After I won the Canadians (in 2004) I no passion to compete. That was it for me," said Napper, the Gil Beaulieu Memorial Trophy recipient as Welland's coach of the year for 2011.
The Centennial Secondary School graduate's coaching career officially began when he was 18 and started helping his father, then the club's head coach. However, Napper began working with his fellow fighters long before he had a seat in the corner of the ring.
"I always helped out when I was competing. I was always that voice in everybody's ear when they made a mistake and I thought I could help them out," recalled Napper, who boxed from 1997 until 2004 and never lost a fight in Welland.
Now that he's had ample time to compare training fighters to competing in the ring, there's "no comparison" to which takes a greater toll as far as the Welland native is concerned.
"Coaching is harder. As a coach you have to worry that all your boxers are prepared to fight. It's just not about being ready yourself."
Napper goes out of his way to praise his fighters after a solid effort - "That's where all the credit is due, and rightly so," he emphasized - but he doesn't shirk responsibility when a Napper's boxer comes up short due to a lack of preparation.
"I get more nervous for them than I ever was for myself. It's my teachings at work out there in the ring," he said.
Keeping a boxer off a fight card has happened three times since Napper became head coach, but in each instance the fighters didn't let their hard feelings push them out the door.
For Napper's, the coaching award completed a daily double at the sports banquet. The club also went home with the Harpwood's Trophies Trophy as the senior team of the year for 2011.
Napper considers both honours "team awards," especially his trophy as top coach.
"All of the credit belongs to the team. Very little of that (the coaching award) reflects on me. It's just my name on it," he said.
Napper's also took the top team ..., 5 Mar 2010 [cached]
Napper's also took the top team award as the club with the most victories, beating out 40 other clubs that competed at the prestigious tournament. It was the club's first team title at the tournament since 1984, when fighters from Welland were still coached by the legendary Ray Napper Sr., the club's founder and a Welland Sports Wall of Fame inductee.
He is such a good leader and we are all very proud of him," said Ray Napper, the club's head coach and the grandson said of the late Ray Napper Sr.
Jake always works really hard in the gym," Napper said.
He didn't have an easy road, but he showed who was the best," Napper said of Mask, whom he praised as a fighter with "a lot of talent."
Lightweight Tyler Pouli went 1-1 for the silver settle in a warmup for the Ontario Winter Games that get underway Thursday and continue until Saturday in Muskoka. The 15-year-old Centennial Secondary School student won his first bout in Brampton, but he wasn't able to counter the combinations thrown by Markel Stewart of the host club in his final fight of the weekend.
However, the silver medallist has a golden future as far as Napper is concerned.
"Tyler boxed very well. He has a load of potential, he has a great work ethic and always wants to get in the ring. I really like that in a boxer," said Napper, who won three Brampton Cup championships when he fought out of the family- owned club.
Officially, Josh Bessems went 1-1 in his light heavyweight fights, but his loss in the semfi- nals was due to disqualification after Napper questioned the officiating after Bessems was hit with what appeared to be low blows.
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The younger brother of Nappers Boxing Club head coach Ray Napper Jr. and the grandson of Welland Sports Wall of Fame inductee Ray Napper Sr.[...]
Road to the Ring, 8 July 2003 [cached]
The grandson of the late Olympic boxing coach Ray Napper Sr., Ray Jr. skyrocketed to fame by winning the Canadian Lightweight Championships at the age of 15. He now faces a tough challenge: finding the discipline to lose the weight he gained on his hiatus order to step back into the ring.
All three fighters train at Napper's Boxing Club in Welland, Ontario. Its founder, Ray Napper Sr., led Canada's Olympic team, which included both Lennox Lewis and Tom Glesby, to the most medals in Canadian boxing history in Seoul, Korea.
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