Coach Bill Meartz

Bill Meartz

A native of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Bill Meartz started boxing at the age of twelve. Five years after moving to Portland in 1974, he started the West Portland Boxing Team. Bill attained 4th level (elite) coaching status in USA Boxing and coached numerous US national teams, including team matches against Ireland, Canada, Mexico, France, Argentina, Korea, Russia, The 97 Ali Cup, and the U-19 World Championships. Coach Bill served on several USA Boxing committees, was involved with numerous US Olympic boxing training camps, and was a boxing official at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

When Coach Bill retired from coaching in 2006 he turned the West Portland Boxing gym over to Coach Jason Marquoit.

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Highlights from Coach Bill’s career include:

1979 Started West Portland Boxing Team
1989 Ringside Products, Board of Advisors
Coach, Alcomers Camp, U.S. Olympic Education Center, Marquette, MI
1991 Team Leader for the USA National Team vs. Ireland
Coached Alcomers Camp, U.S. Olympic Training Center, Lake Placid, NY
1992 Coach, Elite Boxers Training Camp, JO, U.S. Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, CO
1993 Team Leader for USA vs. Ireland and Canada, Escanaba, MI
Elected President of Oregon Association, USA Boxing, Inc. for two terms of two years each
1994 Coach, USA vs. Korea, Gladstone, MI
1996 Official, Olympic Games, Atlanta, GA, Head Coach, USA vs. Argentina, Houston, TX
1997 Coach, Elite Training Camp, U.S. Olympic Education Center, Marquette, MI Coach, Ali Cup, Louisville, KY
Head Coach, USA vs. France, Tahiti
1998 Coach, USA vs. Mexico, Pueblo, CO Head Coach, Under 19 World Championships, Buenos Aires, Argentina
1999 Coach, USA vs. Russia, Foxwood, CT Vice Chairman, National Under 19 Committee Regional Coordinator, Pacific Northwest
Secretary, National Coaches Committee Member, National Safety Education Committee USA Boxing Coaches Clinician
2000 Head Coach, USA vs. England, London, England Team Leader/Coach, U.S. Olympic Trials, Tampa, FL
2001 Coach, Pan American Training Camp, Camp Lejeune, NC
2002 Coach, Women’s World Championships, Antalya, Turkey
2003 Head Coach, USA vs Canada, Rigina, Saskatchewan President Oregon Association USA Boxing, Inc. Coach, Sweden Box Cup – Stockholm, 10 Golds medals Nominated for USA Boxing Coach of the year
2004 Elected Vice President USA Boxing, Inc.
2005 Coach – Jose Cheo Aponte Tournament, Puerto Rico