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.
Dr. 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 to three main areas: coaching boxers and coaches at Boxing Resource Center in Nashville, coaching youth and elite athletes and coaches in international development programs and competitions, and developing educational resources for athletes and coaches.